Former governor of Enugu State and one time National Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Okwesilieze Nwodo has said that come 2023, Nigerians should look inward for a presidential candidate with a clear economic road map.
He added that the aspirant to lead Nigeria in 2023 should be a candidate who can communicate, harness the economic diversities and potentials of the country.
According to him, Anyim Pius Anyim, among other Igbo who has declared interest in the presidency of Nigeria, is eminently qualified to provide such leadership.
Speaking on Arise TV, Thursday, February 3, Nwodo, who lamented that Nigeria perpetuates injustice to the Igbo, adding that the Igbo have demonstrated more love and sacrifices for the unity of Nigeria than any other tribe.
According to him, in 1999, when two frontline Igbo politicians, late Dr Alex Ekwueme and Dr Ogbonnaya Onu were poised to emerge, presidential candidates of their respective parties, PDP and All Nigeria People Party, ANPP, they were made to concede their ambitions to assuage the injustice allegedly done to South West for the annulment of June 12 presidential elections, perceived to have been won by late MKO Abiola.
He said: “It was such sacrifices made by the Igbo for the unity and peace of Nigeria that produced Olusegun Obasanjo and Olu Falae, all from South West, as presidential candidates of their respective parties. After Obasanjo eight years tenure, in order to assuage the feelings of the North for keeping them out of power for eight years, President Umaru Yar’Adua was brought in to fill the position for the North.
Nwodo who stated that Nigeria needs a presidential candidate with integrity, one who will show a clear economic road map to Nigeria, a candidate who can communicate, harness the economic diversities and potentials of the country, assured that Anyim Pius Anyim, among other Igbo who has declared interest in the presidency of Nigeria, is eminently qualified to provide such leadership.