A group, South-South Presidency 2023 Advocacy Group, has urged people of the geopolitical zone not to accept the position of vice president in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
It also warned them against accepting the position of National Chairman of any political party in the country in order to ensure that a South-South president come into reality in 2023.
In a communique jointly signed by the Protem Chairman, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha and made available to newsmen in Uyo yesterday, the group also called on all political blocs to set the record straight by allowing South-South to complete its tenure.
It stressed that south-south must complete it presidency tenure of eight years for the purpose of fairness, justice and equity.
“The Group is committed to advocating for a President of South-South extraction come 2023.
“The Group accepts and stands by the position of leaders of the Southern and Middle Belt that no South-South person aspires to or accepts to become vice presidential candidate or chairman of any political party in the country.
“We are ill treated, to heal the wounds, the records must be put straight so that we will have that sense of belonging and have confidence that, we are one Nigeria.
“The Group will reach out to and engage all the States of the Federation as well as ethnic nationalities, to look into this project. It said.
On the ongoing Constitution review, the group advised the National Assembly to create a platform which would give all Nigerians an opportunity to give themselves a people’s constitution that would allow for true federalism.
“Worried about the growing insecurity in the country, we urges the President, National Assembly, security agencies traditional and religious leaders and all Nigerians to set up efforts in addressing issues that have caused and ignited the current situation in order to secure the sovereignty of the country, while also protecting lives and property.” It said.
It, however, urged the Federal Government to quickly inaugurate the substantive board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to avoid any crisis and to enable it achieve the goals and objectives for which it was established.