The Imo Awareness Coalition, IAC, has backed calls made by pan Igbo socio political organization, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo which called on South East politicians to begin preparations for the Presidency in 2023.
The IAC, a political study group, based in Owerri, Imo State, said now is the time for South East politicians to “warm up” for the presidential contest in 2023.
Ohaneze Ndi Igbo had last week called on South East politicians to begin in earnest to prepare for the presidential race in 2023
President of the IAC, Mr. Emmanuel Okwu told newsmen in Abuja that there is nothing wrong if those interested in the nation’s number one seat at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023, to kick start preparations for the nation’s top job
“We strongly support Ohaneze on this. I call it a wake up call. We must begin preparations now. We must have in mind that it is a task we cannot achieve alone.The South East had been natural political allies of the North and we must engage them and other ethnic nationalities when it comes to the issue of 2023 presidency
“It is not enough we sit down and complain. It is not something that can be achieved through intimidation and tough talk. Its all about constructive engagement and dialogue.
Mr. Okwu noted that politicians from the South East who are interested in the contest should begin now and start the necessary consultations.
“This is the time to start the preparations and necessary consultations. 2023 is just three years from now. Those in the South West and other zones who are interested have already started their foot work and marshalled out their plans to ensure they succeed.
“We must not relent or intimidated by the media noise that someone from the South West or any other zone has been penciled down to take over from President Buhari in 2023.
“This is democracy. And it is not enough for the South East to assume that it is their turn, then we go and sit down and hope we will get it at the snap of our fingers
“It is a contest and we must prepare for it.We are in support with Ohaneze on this. Those from the region who are interested should step forward” Okwu concluded