FORMER Governor of old Anambra State, and Father of Enugu State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, has made a stringent call for an Igbo presidency in 2023 while warning that the nation cannot continue to deny the Igbo race an opportunity to rule Nigeria.
At a special event in Enugu State, Sunday, to celebrate his 79th birthday, Nwobodo claimed that, “Nigeria will not know peace until an Igbo becomes president.”
Aware of the inherent difficulties militating against the emergence of an Igbo President, Nwobodo called on Ndigbo to come together and support anybody that is capable of representing the South East.
Nwobodo, who regards the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as his political son, heaped praises on the Governor for entrenching peace in the state.
The President-General of the apex sociocultural and political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who is also an advocate of Igbo president also described the leadership of Ugwuanyi as exemplary.
According to Nwodo, Ugwuanyi runs an open door policy and has embraced all political parties as he treats everyone without discrimination.
The Ohanaeze chieftain, who was the chairman of the occasion, observed that Ugwuanyi has united the all the different shades of opinion in the state since he came to power, and in the process, brought peace to the state.
Dignitaries at the event includes one time minister of foreign affairs Chief Dubem Onyia, former minister of aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, former minister of power, Barth Nnaji, Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, former minister of culture, Chief Frank Ogbewu, among several others.