DAILY POST reports that this is coming amid claims by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu was positioning himself to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
This formed part of a communique issued by the OYC after its meeting, which was signed by Okwu Nnabuike, the Secretary General and Ado Osaka, the Deputy National Public Relations Officer.
They said any attempt to place the South-West above Ndigbo would be resisted.
They said the statement that “Ohanaeze Youths frown at the report that some cabal in the APC had perfected plans to return power to South West instead of South East immediately after President Buhari quits power.
“We still insist that the Presidency should refute such negative plot or it will make Ndigbo to consider other political options before them in 2019.
“We are aware that irrespective of INEC officials denying Igbos their constitutional rights in some parts of Nigeria to collect their PVCs in 2015 outside Igbo land, our voting strength in South west is equal to that of the indigenes, even in the North. We have more than 12 million registered Igbos in northern Nigeria and 5million Igbos in South West.”
They insisted that the APC had not fulfilled their political promises to the people of South East, which includes the campaign promise of President Buhari to revamp Enugu Coal mine. If APC continues to give priority to other zones more than South East, it may spell doom for them APC needs Ndigbo more than Ndigbo need them.”
“OYC insists that 2023 Igbo Presidency is not negotiable, and it’s our date with destiny and any maneuvering may spell doom to the unity of the country, as the recent unjust appointments since 2015 by the Presidency resulted to the rise of Biafra agitation, and those seeking Igbo votes in 2019 across Nigeria where Igbo reside must consider handing power to igbos for justice, equity and fairness in 2023.
“Those clamouring for restructuring should think twice as no Northern President will restructure a system that favours the north more than the Southerners.
“We support the single tenure of 6 years for President and Governors proposed by Senator Ike Ekweremadu; we believe it will help to unite Nigeria than divide us.
“OYC congratulates the Governor and the people of Abia State on their 27 anniversary since the creation of Abia in 1991 and insists that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has what it takes to transform Abia.
“We observed that since 1999, Abia State has been unfortunate in governance, but since 2015, even with distraction from opposition, Governor Ikpeazu had performed more than any Governor that had governed Abia since 1999,” they further stated.