Ohanaeze insisted that the governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are still standing firm for the next Nigerian president to emerge from the Southeast region.
The group’s statement followed insinuations in several quarters within the Southeast that the governors from the region, especially those of the PDP are now leading the presidential campaigns of aspirants from other regions.
Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu, had joined the campaign train of River State, Governor Nyesom Wike to Ebonyi State and the national headquarters of the PDP in Abuja respectively with some social media commentators accusing the governors of abandoning the quest for a presidency of the Southeast extraction.
But reacting to the insinuations in an interview with The Nation in Enugu, spokesman of Ohanaeze, Alex Ogbonnia said Ugwuanyi and other Southeast governors are consistent with the demand for a Nigerian president of the Southeast extraction in 2023.
According to Ohanaeze, the governors’ outing with the Rivers State governor was mere camaraderie and fellowship in politics.
Ogbonnia said those criticising the governors are not well schooled about the way politics work.
“Ugwuanyi has been consistent in saying that he would like zoning based on the principle of equity, fairness and justice.
That is a statement he made publicly. By implication of that equity, he was talking about Southeast. So, that is where Ugwuanyi and his Abia State colleague, Okezie Ikpeazu stand”, Ogbonnia said.
He added, “So, whatever you see Ugwuanyi or any other Southeast governor doing is in the spirit of camaraderie and fellowship in politics. If they accompanied somebody to campaign, it’s just the spirit.”