Former Imo State Governor Achike Udenwa has advised Ndigbo to gear up for “war” as the “presidency will not come on a platter of gold”.
The ex-governor said the agitation for a president of Igbo extraction would amount to nothing, if it is not backed with commensurate political struggle. “No one gives you power, you must demand for it and fight for it.”
Udenwa, who spoke in Owerri, the Imo State capital, said: “We can no longer afford to fold our arms and expect other parts of the country to say, it is your turn to produce the president we leave it to you. “This is not possible. We should demand for it either in 2015 or at any other time.”
He said the zone, which has been continually denied the presidency, should mount a concerted and coordinated effort by galvanising the people under a viable platform, devoid of tribal chauvinism.
“It is based on this that I am calling on Ndigbo to wholly embrace the All Progressive Congress (APC) as a very viable platform from where our age-long ambition will be vigorously pursued and eventually realised. “It is the only party that affords all the ethnic groups equal opportunity.
“The APC does not hold any tribe higher than the other but gives everyone equal opportunity to pursue and realise their collective political aspirations unlike what obtains in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where Ndigbo were stampeded into playing a second fiddle, despite their contribution to the growth of the party,” Udenwa added.