- A group, Campaign for Democracy (CD), has urged the Igbo and the south-south leaders to form a political bloc ahead of 2019 elections
- The national publicity secretary of the group, Dede Uzor, said there was a compelling need for the two zones to come together and form a formidable political alliance
- Uzor tasked the leaders of the zones to initiate a summit where the issues affecting them would be dispassionately discussed
The apex Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and the leaders of the south-south geo-political zone have been called upon to form a bloc ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The Sun reports that while making the call on Monday, July 30, in Awka, the Anambra state capital, the Campaign for Democracy (CD), said that an alliance between the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) led by Chief Edwin Clark and Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Chief Nnia Nwodo, would be good for both regions in the final analysis.
NAIJ.com gathered that the CD urged leaders of southeast and south-south to, as a matter of urgency, organise a political summit which would give birth to a formidable alliance between the two zones.
Speaking to newsmen in Awka, after the meeting, the national publicity secretary of the group, Dede Uzor, said there was agreement by all that there was the compelling need for the two zones to come together and form a formidable political alliance since they were the most persecuted zones in the current administration.
Uzor said: “It has become necessary for them to come together, agree and adopt a political platform to cater for their interest.
“We call on all the opinion leaders, stakeholders, elder statesmen, the elites, social-political organizations, pro-democracy and civil society groups to come together and hold the summit on or before the end of September, 2018.”
The CD further said the summit would help to “address the lopsided and sectional appointments by the present administration, harsh economic policies, high level of unemployment, non-respect for human rights and rule of law, incessant violation and flagrant disobedience to Court in the two regions as well as other socio-political and economic challenges bedeviling the zones.”
It, therefore, urged the leaders of the two zones to initiate such summit where the issues mentioned would be dispassionately looked into and solutions proffered, adding that it would as well further unite the zones.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), an umbrella of Igbo statesmen intelligentsia led by Professor Ben Nwabueze, it is no longer interested in 2023 Igbo Presidency.
They rather said that what would be more beneficial to Ndigbo and indeed the entire Nigerians is a restructured country, where Presidency would become less attractive and no longer an instrument for ethnic jingoism.
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