The apex sociocultural organisation in Igbo land, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has shown joy over the bid of former President of the Senate, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim and the Chairman of Neimeth Pharmaceutical Plc, Masi Sam Ohuabunwa, for the presidency in 2023.

This is as the apex Igbo body noted that the North was sympathetic to the current plight of the Igbos in the country, adding, “They will support the Igbo Presidency.”

The Secretary-General of the Chief Chidi Ibeh-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Okechukwu Isiguzoro, stated this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement which read: “We, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, led by Chief Chidi Ibeh, commend the two Igbo illustrous sons – the former Senate President, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim and the Chairman of Neimeth Pharmaceutical, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa – for showing interest to contest the Presidency, come 2023. These two Igbo personalities have proven that there are capable hands in the South-East region with proven track records, to lead Nigeria. We are proud of them.

“There is no better time to seek for the Igbo Presidency than now. It is not out of place or an aberration should the Igbos occupy Aso Rock come 2023, because history will vindicate us. We call on Igbos leaders to join hands and work together to ensure that this dream is actualised in 2023. This is not the time for name-calling, propaganda and backlash. This epoch calls for unity of purpose among Igbo leaders, because we have a lot to gain, than lose if we push to actualise Igbo Presidency in 2023.”

The group added: “The coast is now clearer for the Igbos to achieve the Presidency. We are very convinced that we will get it this time around. We have just finished a closed-door meeting with northern leaders and the outcome of the meeting is every encouraging and supportive. The northerners, we know, as peace loving Nigerians and other regions are sympathetic to the plights of the Igbos at this time. They will support the Igbo Presidency. Therefore, other Igbo sons and daughters should join the race.”