Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt
The Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, has said that the people of the South-East played themselves out of the 2023 Presidency by failing to vote for the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections.
Okwukwu said he was supporting the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who stated that the Igbo had by act of omission or commission made it impossible for them to win the Presidency in the next four years.
He made his position known in a statement made available to journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, on Monday.
He described Amaechi’s assertion as true, adding that the Igbo denied President Muhammadu Buhari a presence in the South-East by failing to vote for him (Buhari).
He said, “Amaechi’s statement is correct because they betrayed him; they betrayed Ndigbo. You must have followed the event leading to the confusion, where a socio-cultural organisation adopted President Muhammadu Buhari without affording Amaechi the opportunity of participating in the meeting of Ndigbo.
“Amaechi is an Igbo man. He has openly said he is Igbo. So, why would you deny him the opportunity of participating in the meeting that purportedly endorsed Buhari and then you denied him the opportunity of presenting his own bulk to the Igbo.
“Of course, whether we agree or not, politics is reality. By not voting for Buhari and denying him any presence in Igboland, we have to a large extent, by omission or commission, shut ourselves out of the presidency in 2023.
“Even if you go to the convention of the APC, Igbo cannot win the primary in the APC. This is because they don’t have any senator, no governor, nobody in the APC. So, how will they win the primary? It is a sad thing, but it is the reality on the ground.
“Amaechi’s predictable assertion to the effect that Ndigbo had by an act of omission or commission shut themselves out of the presidency come 2023 is nothing but the truth.”