By Stanley Uzoaru Owerri
The Chairman of the Council of Elders of Ohanaeze, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, expressed his optimism that the Southeast will win the presidency in 2023, regardless of the party to which its candidates belong.
Iwuanyanwu, who was speaking about the insinuations of some party leaders in the north and south-west of the country that candidates from the south-east could usurp their parties’ chances of winning the 2023 presidential election, described it as a total mistake.
He said: “It’s not true that if a candidate from the South East is zoned into one of the main political parties he would lose the election, it’s unfair for him to think like that, one thing is claire, the south is being denied its right, we have worked with other areas and helped them produce the presidency, now it is our turn and they need to give us that support too.
However, responding to questions about whether parties were zoning their presidential tickets beyond the South East, he said: ‘We would wait until after the primaries to find out what to do, we asked our aspirants to keep working hard in their parties, we know the politics of this country and I’m sure it’s not over yet.
Speaking on speculation of former President Goodluck Jonathan returning to contest the 2023 presidential election, Iwuanyanwu said: “He denied it and I’m glad he denied it, I have a good relationship with him I would be surprised after six years in office those he lost to, the same people who accused him of so many things, he would succumb, in my opinion I don’t think he would want to challenge, those asking him to come and challenge is only deceiving him, I don’t think he would be deceived,” Iwuanyanwu said.