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2023: MASSOB Leader, Uwazuruike Dumps Igbo Presidency, Drums Support For Yahaya Bello

 • MASSOB group on road march for Bello 

The Daily Crucible | Sunday, May 1, 2022

Leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Ralph Uwazuruike, has backtracked and dumped the idea of 2023 Igbo Presidency or zoning arrangement, saying he does not believe in it.

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra had on Thursday warned South-East governors and members of the National Assembly from Igbo land against scuttling or abotaging the presidential aspirants from the South- East region.

The group then proceeded to warn that any Igbo son or daughter found sabotaging 'Igbo for President' push would be deemed a saboteur and a betrayer of his own brother.

A statement by the group’s National Director of Information, Comrade Edeson Samuel, deplored what it considered as disappointing and unpatriotic act by some Igbo political leaders whom Ndigbo gave the mandate to represent Igbo interests would work against the Igbo agenda to produce next president of Nigeria in 2023.

In the said statement, “MASSOB warned Igbo leaders to stop their selfish actions that are capable of distorting the overall interest of the South-East region because MASSOB will never tolerate such political selfishness now.”

And as of today, some of the Igbo contenders for the presidency are Anyim Pius Anyim and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi State), Peter Obi, Chris Ngige and Kingsley Muoghalu (Anambra State), Orji Uzor Kalu and Sam Ohuabunwa (Abia State), Rochas Okorocha (Imo State), Chris Baywood of Baywood Foundation (Enugu).

While Kalu, Umahi and Okorocha are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, the likes of Anyim, Ohuabunwa and Obi are in the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party. Kingsley Moghalu is expected to run on the platform of African Democratic Congress(ADC).

But in a quick self - reversal, the pro - Biafra group leader said he did not believe in the idea of zoning system or Igbo president as zoning means sectionalism.

He, therefore, threw his weight behind the presidential bid of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state from North Central geopolitical zone.

Uwazuruike spoke on Saturday while leading South-East youths on a solidarity march in Owerri, Imo state capital, in support of Bello’s 2023 presidential election on the platform of All Progresives Congress (APC).

The youths marched through the streets, carrying different placards, with inscriptions such as ‘Power to the Youths’, ‘Support Yahaya Bello’, ‘Youths Can Also Lead’, and ‘Yahaya Bello for the Youths’, among others.

Uwazuruike said if Nigeria’s sovereignty must be upheld, zoning should be discarded, positing that the only solution to Nigeria’s political problems is for power to go to the youths.

He pledged the support of his group for Bello to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, submitting that the Kogi State governor has the leadership qualities to lead Nigeria effectively.

He canvassed for a situation where the contest would be thrown open and advised party leaders to shun zoning “as it has no place in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

“I don’t believe in the idea of zoning system or Igbo president because zoning means sectionalism,” he said.

“If we want to talk about Nigeria, we must throw the presidential contest open but if you throw it open, it must be for the youths not elders, because the elders have failed us.

“All Nigerians should rally round the youthful governor. We are supporting Bello for this and no one else. He has the capacity to solve the problem of insecurity and a host of others facing the nation is not in doubt,” he said.

“This is a crucial time in the history of the country. We must give the youth a chance, especially one that has demonstrated uncommon capacity, in the person of Yahaya Bello.”

In his remarks, Bello expressed gratitude to the youths and MASSOB members that welcomed him.

The Kogi governor said he is prepared to deliver “the Nigerian project” if given the opportunity to serve as the next president of the country.

“I’m prepared to lead this country, I shall address insecurity, health system as well as the educational system,” Bello said.

“Nigerians must be very careful and be ready to make the best decision in choosing their next president.”



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