Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), an umbrella body of Igbo youths, has warned political parties in the country against plan to abandon zoning, to prevent the region from producing the next president.
The group, in a statement by its president-general, Goodluck Ibem, in Owerri, Imo State, warned that it will resist any attempt by any individual, group or political party to make light of the clamour for Igbo presidency in 2023.
The COSEYL had earlier faulted the report of the Bala Mohammed-led Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which declared “no zoning formula” for the party in the 2023 presidential election.
Ibem said the South-east is long overdue to produce the country’s president, noting that “nobody can deny that fact. It is our turn and it is sine qua non”.
He stressed that Ndigbo has sacrificed and waited patiently for the “plum job”, and will therefore not accept any excuse this time.
“It is an undeniable fact that Ndigbo have been more committed to the development and economic advancement of the country and deserves to be supported by other geopolitical zones to occupy the number one office in the country.
“The orchestrated plot by some persons to jettison zoning of the presidency now that it is the turn of the South East to produce a Nigerian President come 2023 is a declaration of Political war against Ndigbo. It is a calculated attempt to relegated to the background all the sacrifices and political investments made by Ndigbo towards the progress of the country and we will resist it,” he warned.