Leaders of the presidential campaign of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have asked Southeastern Nigeria to push for the 2027 Igbo presidency.
High Chief Engr. Raymond Dokpesi, leader of the Atiku Abubakar Rescue Mission, is also advocating for a single term of four years for Atiku.
He made the proposals during the consultative meeting with the Abia State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders.
Dokpesi, who thanked the state for the support they gave the party in the last 2019 General Elections, debunked the rumour making the rounds that he said the country’s southeast region could not produce the President of Nigeria in 2023.
He gave several examples of how he participated in creating additional two states for the southeast at the 2014 National Conference.
High Chief Dokpesi also told the people of the region that he had in the past promoted the agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on both his radio and television stations because the agitation was born out of neglect and total disrespect for the people of the region.
However, the media mogul told the people that according to the constitution of the PDP and that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the north should be allowed to complete its eight-year term.
He reminded the people that in the sixteen years reign of the PDP from 1999 to 2015, the north only did two years while the south did fourteen years.
According to him, “those promoting an Igbo presidency in 2023 are only doing so because of their own personal interest and not for the interest of the southeast.”
High Chief Dokepsi advised the region to be wise and not to join the agitation but should negotiate with the former Vice President ahead of the general elections in 2023.
More importantly, High Chief Dokpesi told the people that the Presidency of Atiku Abubakar could be for a period of four years to pave the way for a southeast presidency in 2027 with proper negotiations by southeast stakeholders.