From Steve Oko, Umuahia
A front line governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) in Abia State, Ambassador Chidike Ukauwa, has faulted the six-year single tenure proposed by Ohanaeze Ndigbo at its just-concluded restructuring summit.
The apex Igbo socio- cultural organisation, had on Monday, in Awka, Anambra state, after its restructuring summit called for a rotational single term of six years for the President and State Governors.
Ukauwa, who addressed journalists yesterday in Umuahia, Abia State, said the proposal would deny Ndigbo the opportunity of producing the President in 2023, a project, he said is already in sight and realisable under APC and the current political arrangement.
According to him, the concern of any group or politician now should be how to actualise the dream and not to propose any formula that would delay or truncate the project.
Ukauwa contended that since other geopolitical zones in Southern Nigeria had taken a shot at the presidency since the inception of the current political dispensation, it is only a common logic that it would be the turn of South East to produce the President in 2023 when it would be the turn of the South, adding that six-year single term will not end Nigeria’s political woes, but impede development of the country.
The APC chieftain who has never hidden his support for political restructuring of the country to cede more power to regions, further argued that contrary to the thinking Ohanaeze, six- year single tenure would not address the marginalization of the South East zone.
“What we want is Nigeria president of Igbo extraction in 2023 and creation of additional states in south east. So, the single term of six years proposed by Ohanaeze Ndigbo would not bring the needed development in the country”.