NIGERIA – Chief Chekwas Okorie, the national chairman of United Progressives Party (UPP), has lamented the positions being taken by some prominent political leaders in the South East geopolitical zone concerning the quest to produce Nigeria President of Igbo extraction in 2023.
Okorie insisted that equity demanded that South East should be allowed and supported to enable the region address its challenges ranging from economy and infrastructures.
The Abia-born UPP chairman, who spoke in an interview with newsmen, Monday, berated disgruntled Igbo leaders over unpatriotic utterances which he asserted, were inimical and dangerous to the aspiration of the South easterners to take its shot in the presidential villa come 2023.
He opined, “2023 provides Ndigbo their brightest opportunity to produce the long overdue Igbo President of Nigeria.
“It is worrisome though, that while eminent and respected opinion leaders from other political zones are lending their weighty voices in our favour, some of our own,(South Easterners) supposedly enlightened people are displaying very embarrassing lack of self confidence and defeatism that will obviously pain to no limits the valiant souls of the legendary, courageous and ebullient Dr Azikiwe, Dr M.I. Okpara, Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu etc”.