Nduaguibe says the party has not given Ndigbo any sense of belonging since it came to power
The elder statesman calls on Ohanaeze Ndigbo to pursue the Igbo political agenda
A former deputy national chairman of the defunct Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN), Dr Max Nduaguibe, has ruled out the possibility of the Ndigbo actualizing Igbo presidency on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nduaguibe, who is an associate of the late Shehu Yar’Adua, told Vanguard in an interview that the APC does not support restructuring and devolution of power which he described as the “clearly defined political agenda of Ndigbo”.
The elder statesman made the statement in reaction to the calls by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state and former Senate president, Ken Nnamani, for Ndigbo to join APC.
He insisted that the party neither has agenda for the betterment of Ndigbo nor has it accorded Ndigbo any sense of belonging since it came to power.
Nduaguibe said: “Igbo presidency can’t be actualized under APC, because the party doesn’t believe in restructuring and devolution of power which are the clearly defined political agenda of Ndigbo.
“APC has nothing to offer Ndigbo. We have nothing to show that we are part of the Nigerian project; neither have we been given any sense of belonging in the present government at the national level.
“Governor Okorocha’s call on Ndigbo to embrace APC is coming too late; Igbo leaders presently decamping to APC are doing so for selfish reasons and not to actualize Igbo political agenda because they know it is not possible.
“Rochas Okorocha, Ken Nnamani and their likes cannot be right in pushing Ndigbo into their APC. Ndigbo have a well-defined political agenda which APC and Buhari have ruled out as not part of their concern.”
He called for a united movement of Ndigbo to any political party that responds to the aspiration of total devolution of power to the regions as it was inherited from the British in 1963.
The elder statesman urged the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to pursue the Igbo political agenda, adding that those flooding to the APC were on their own.
Meanwhile, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, founder of the Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), and leader of Biafra Independence Movement (BIM), has called on the Igbo political class to practically shed aside the idea of having a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in the face of the current Northern conspiracy against Igbos.
He recalled that the same level of conspiracy was used to scuttle the presidential ambition of some prominent Igbo personalities such as former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, a trustee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Reacting in an apparent sympathy to a statement credited to Ekwueme that his three-time presidential ambition was scuttled by the Nigerian military, Uwazuruike stated that Ndigbo should no longer focus their hope on the Nigerian project but on the emergence of a new Biafra.