Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), an umbrella body of Igbo youths, has said it would resist any attempt by any individual, group or political party to make light of the clamour for Igbo presidency in 2023.
President-General of COSEYL, Goodluck Ibem stated this in a statement in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The group had earlier faulted the report of the Bala Mohammed-led Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in which it declared “no zoning formula” for the party in the 2023 presidential contest.
In his latest statement, Ibem said Ndigbo was long overdue to produce Nigeria’s president, noting that “nobody can deny that fact. It is our turn and it is sine qua non.”
The COSEYL boss stressed that Ndigbo has sacrificed and waited patiently for the “plum job” and would therefore not accept any excuse this time.
“It is an undeniable fact that Ndigbo have been more commited to the development and economic advancement of the country and deserves to be supported by other geopolitical zones to occupy the number one office in the country.
“The orchestrated plot by some persons to jettison zoning of the presidency now that it is the turn of the South East to produce a Nigerian President come 2023 is a declaration of Political war against Ndigbo. It is a calculated attempt to relegated to the background all the sacrifices and political investments made by Ndigbo towards the progress of the country and we will resist it,” Ibem warned.
He urged all the political parties in the country to zone their presidential ticket to the South-East.