A group, South-South Presidency 2023 has urged the people of the geo-political zone not to accept aspiring for the position of vice president in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
It also warned them against accepting to be the National Chairman of any political party in the country.
A communiqué issued at the end of their meeting which held at De Castle Hotel, Ewet housing Estate, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, on Sunday said South-South must complete its presidency tenure of eight years for the purpose of fairness, justice and equity.
The communiqué, which was jointly signed by the Protem chairman, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, and other members which include, Mr Ini Udonwa, Dr. Didi Opiuyo, Major A. Oputa, Mr Okon Ita, Barr. Oyemah-Iwe Jahswill and Dr. Uwamose Amadasun called on all political blocs to set the record straight by allowing South-South to complete its tenure.
It reads in part “the Group is committed to advocating for a President of South-South extraction come 2023.
“The Group accepts and stands by the position of leaders of the Southern and Middle Belt that no South-South person aspires to or accepts to become vice presidential candidate or chairman of any political party in the country.
“The Group will reach out to and engage all the States of the Federation as well as ethnic nationalities, to look into this project.”
According to the communiqué the meeting further advised the National Assembly to create a platform which would enable all Nigerians an opportunity to give themselves a people’s constitution that will allows for true federalism.
It also said “worried about the growing insecurity in the country, we urge the President, National Assembly, security agencies traditional and religious leaders and all Nigerians to set up efforts in addressing issues that have caused and ignited the current situation in order to secure the sovereignty of the country, while also protecting lives and property.”
It, however, urged the Federal Government to quickly inaugurate the substantive board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to avoid any crisis and to enable it achieve the goals and objectives for which it was established.