The Governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo has played down the chances of Igbo presidency in 2023.
In a long article on Monday, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria stated that among other things, Igbos should be seeking economic transformation of the region and increased political participation.
He made a list of things Igbos should seek for ahead of next year’s election instead of supporting Peter Obi’s bid for the presidency.
He said, “Ndigbo should strategize and bargain especially with the TWO candidates likely to be president on at least four central issues:
1) Lasting peace and security in the South East, including the release and engagement with Nnamdi Kanu.
2) South East Economic transformation agenda and the FGN’s Marshall Plan for the South East as promised since the end of the Civil War (the post war ‘reconstruction’). We appreciate the Second Niger Bridge and recent contract for MTN to reconstruct the Onitsha-Enugu expressway. But the rail-lines to the five state capitals, speedy access to the sea, highways linking South East to the North and South South, addressing our existential threat as gully erosion capital of Africa, Free Trade and Export Processing Zones, etc.
3) Restructuring Agenda for Nigeria that devolves powers/resources to the subnational entities and in which it would no longer matter where the President comes from.
4) Levelling the playing field for the unleashing of the private sector and the full participation of Ndigbo in the economic and governance space; etc.”
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