To actualize the 2023 ambition, about 45 registered political parties in Nigeria under the umbrella of Equity Group are presently in alliance to ensure success of an Igbo man becoming Nigerian president.
The National leader of the Group, Frank Igbobuike made this known in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, on Monday, 2nd December, 2019.
He explained that the political parties have resolved to form a mega political party to ensure that an Igbo man is elected president of Nigeria in 2023.
Igbobuike who doubles as the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), said the national Chairmen of the 45 political parties are all involved and willing to work as one family to achieve the goal.
According to him, for the sake of unity, equity and fairness, it is important for all other geopolitical zones to support ‘Onye Ibo’ win 2023 presidency.
He further explained that they are already working on the memorandum of understanding for the merger of the 45 political parties and in no distant time, they would become one mega political party.
He said, “Equity Group stands for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023. The Equity Group is founded by 45 National Chairmen of registered political parties and they found me fit to be their national leader.”
“What we are saying is that nearly all the zones have produced President of this country and they have always used the zoning formula as the metric stick in determining where the presidency should go to.”
“And we think that this time in our political history, we should be in the position to have the South-East produce the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“As a matter of fact, we have 92 registered political parties in the country and we are 45 registered political parties in the group. You can see the number we have.”
“We are saying that an Igbo man should be the next president of this country. And we are ready to surrender the platforms we have for a mega party. The 45 registered political parties are ready to merge into one, as time goes on.”
“In fact, we have done the memorandum of understanding and in a very short possible time, you will find out that there might be nothing like PDM again. We will come up with a new name.”
“The 45 registered political parties will merge and become one. We feel that coming together in one platform will help in no small measure in persuading the voice of the people within the six geopolitical zones to listen to our cry that for unity, equity and fairness, the presidency should go to an Igbo man in 2023. We are not seeing it as a small project and God’s willing, we shall succeed.”
When contacted, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Ebonyi State Barr. Nwebonyi Onyekachi, in an interaction confirmed the statement and said that PDP was involved in the alliance.
He said it is apt for South-East to produce the president of Nigeria, and enjoined other zones to support 2023 Igbo presidency.
Barr Nwebonyi said, “Yes, it is a reality and by the grace of God, it will happen. PDP is behind it, because as people who believe in equity, it is high time to give the South-East the opportunity to produce the next president of this country.”
“It is incumbent on other geopolitical zones to support an Igbo man to be president of this country and they will see the difference.”