A member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Joseph Okoloagu (retd.), has encouraged the politicians from the South-East to strategize, if they must produce a president in the 2023 Elections
While Speaking to journalist on Sunday, Okoloagu said that it is only the right strategy, will cause the desires of Ndiigbo to be actualized.
Unless the South-East Presidential aspirants are in either of the two major parties, there is no way, they can succeed, He said.
“The clamor for Igbo Presidency is germane and I am also for it but Igbo Presidency has to be on a platform.
“We are practicing democracy and you can only be elected on a political platform.
“I do know that if the rest of the country are sympathetic to Ndigbo, the only and possible way of getting Igbo Presidency is for the political parties to attempt doing what political parties did in 1999.
“When the military was going away and it was obvious that the government of that time wanted a Yoruba man to succeed it and so the political parties either they talked to them or whatever manipulation, they had all the candidates from South-West.
“Gen. Obasanjo turned out to be the presidential candidate of PDP, while Olu Falae became the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party – SDP.”
In his final statement, he said “For Ndigbo to actualize the Igbo Presidency, they must be a force in those political parties, because power can’t be given on ethnic sentiment but on membership.
“It requires strategy and tactics like in military combats.”