Former Chief of Staff in Imo State and former governorship candidate on the platform of Action Alliance Party (AA) in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has urged the Igbo to present a generally acceptable candidate if the region must win the 2023 Presidential election.
While fielding questions with newsmen in Abuja, Nwosu submitted that a candidate that can be accepted and supported by the other zones will guarantee victory for the Southeast, than the one that will be seen as an Igbo candidate.
He assured that despite squabbles among Southeast politicians, the ambition to produce a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 is still not in doubt.
Nwosu said that no matter the differences among the Southeast political leaders, they will come together at the right time to pursue and actualise the Igbo agenda. He maintained that political misunderstanding and realignments are not peculiar to Igbo
“Whatever political quarrels that is among Igbo political leaders now is not capable of truncating the 2023 ambition, at the appropriate time everyone will come together in the interest of the Southeast zone. But, we should ensure that we present a candidate that will be generally acceptable by all the other zones of the country; a true nationalist and detribalised Nigerian and not an ethnic jingoist, that is the only way it can be possible,” he said.
He however, cautioned against the practice of “pulling down”, which he termed as the Pull Him Down Syndrome, stressing that the need to work together in collaboration with other zones of the country to produce the next President.
Speaking on the fight between the Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma and his predecessor and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial zone, Rochas Okorocha, Nwosu, urged the governor to reign in on his close aides, who he blamed for inciting the crisis.
Describing the fight between the duo as uncalled for, he called on the APC leadership to settle the discord between the two leaders in the interest of the party.