Prof Gregory Ibeh, chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has told the two leading political parties to trade cautiously with unfolding plot to ignore the quest by the South East geopolitical zone to have a shot at presidency, warning that ongoing scheming aimed at obstructing the zone in the building up to 2023 may prove a costly mistake.
Prof Ibeh, a foremost Igbo intelligentsia and entrepreneur insists during an interview that the only viable restructuring open to the country at the moment is for the South East to be allowed to produce the next president of Nigeria and set the country on the part of growth.
The Founder and chairman of Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, particularly issued a note of warning to his Peoples Democratic Party against jettisoning the zoning arrangement that has benefited the party from inception in 1999 and helped the PDP maintain quietness.
He stressed that despite the Insidious and sometimes provocative comments that people of zone wants out of Nigeria, that the Igbos have demonstrated unassailable and practical demonstration that they do not just believe in Nigeria but have through their vast investments in physical infrastructure and human capital development set the pace among its peers.
He therefore insists that it is only rational for those who have made such commitment , demonstrated strong belief in the unity of the country through massive investments outside their regional base, be allowed to administer the country and place her on the part of growth.
According to him such opportunity would put a lie to separatist accusations made against the Igbos and put a stop to ongoing agitation among Igbos youths for a place in the country.
Asked to chose which proposition between the restructuring of the country and Nigerian president of Igbo extraction, Prof Ibeh retorted:
“Does it go without? Why must you give me option to chose? As if they are mutually exclusive. All of them go together. The first restructuring is to restructure for South East to produce the President. That is the first restructure. (Otherwise) If we continue on this way it means that all other issues we are talking about in restructuring will remain the same, we’ll maintain the status quo, and that is the danger in the agitations that people are making now.”
“So the first restructure is to give opportunity to those who have not produced and those that have worked hard and have a lot of investment in this country, who believe in the country. One of them should be given opportunity.”