Igbo Leaders in Diaspora call for an enabling law compelling all political parties to insert rotation of presidency clause in their constitutions.
Igbo leaders, elders, and academics across Nigeria and in the Diaspora rose from a summit at the weekend with a call for an enabling law compelling all political parties to insert rotation of presidency clause in their constitutions.
This was contained in the communiqué issued by participants at the end of the sixth World Igbo Summit held at Gregory University Uturu, Abia State.
It was chaired by a former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd.) with several prominent Igbo leaders in attendance either physically or virtually.
The communiqué was endorsed by Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Prof. George Obiozor, Prof. Greg Ibe, Mrs. Josephine Anenih, and the Director-General of World Igbo Summit Group, Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, who read the document to journalists at a post-summit press conference.
“We call on Igbo legislators in the National Assembly to seek collaboration with members from other zones to amend the Electoral Act to accommodate a provision that compels INEC to ensure rotation clause in parties’ constitution, as a requirement for registration,” the communiqué said.
To further push for the entrenchment of the rotation of the presidency, the Summit urged politicians of Igbo extraction to carry the campaign to their various political parties and strive to ensure rotation of presidency clause in their party’s constitution.
The clamour for Nigeria to elect a president of Igbo extraction in 2023 dominated much of the deliberations at the summit, hence Igbo politicians were enjoined to work hard to convince their political parties to give presidential tickets to Igbos.
The summit, which lasted for two days (December 18 – 19) was also attended by representatives of socio-cultural groups from South-west, South-south and Middle Belt, who brought goodwill and support.