Former Presidential Spokesman, Dr. Doyin Okupe said the idea of an Igbo presidency can only be realized if the north forgives the zone for the 1966 killings of her political leaders.
Okupe, who was Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and also Senior Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, said in his twitter handle that the southeast must also be ready to build a national consensus around its presidential ambition for it to materialize.
The national consensus would only be possible only if the north is ready to forgive the zone, Okupe, who is also nursing a presidential ambition in 2023 said.
He said: “An Igbo President is only possible if we are able to evolve a grand National Consensus on the project such as that which was enacted in 1999 when the two presidential candidates were Yoruba.
“A national consensus for Igbo Presidency cannot evolve until the core north forgives the Igbo for the killings of Sardauna of Sokoto by Nigerian soldiers of Igbo extraction in the 1966 coup.
“This is the political knot only the Igbo leaders must spearhead and with the support of other well-meaning Nigerians, resolve with a high level of humility and political dexterity.”
Okupe said he was ready to shelve his political ambition if the political consensus around an Igbo presidency becomes a reality.
“If this consensus emerges, in the interest of equity, fairness and national unity, I will shelve my ambition and support whoever is chosen as a candidate by my party.
“However, in the event that the national consensus is not achievable, I will run for president in 2023 by god’s grace.”