By VINCENT UJUMADU
PRESIDENTIAL adviser on inter party relations, Senator Ben Obi, want the Igbo to wait for President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision on whether to run or not before taking their own decision on the 2015 presidential race.
The senator, who spoke in Awka yesterday, observed that although the leadership of the apex Igbo socio –cultural organization, the Ohaneze Ndigbo, had insisted that the Igbo were already working towards taking over from Jonathan in 2015, there is need for them to allow the president to make his intention known first.
He said: “Ohaneze Ndigbo, which I am a caucus member of, has said it loud and clear that it is the turn of Ndigbo to produce the president in 2015. Indeed, we are highly interested in the 2015 presidency, but that is if President Jonathan decides not to run.
“If, eventually he decides to run, then Ndigbo will have to consider the situation and weigh the options. I do not have any right to question the decision of Ohaneze to insist on presenting a candidate because the group has a leadership which we all follow.”
According to him, it is the duty of the leadership of Ndigbo to champion the cause of the people, while other people he described as foot soldiers would join, adding that when the leaders do not make the much needed move, others would have nothing to do.
Obi also spoke on the much talked about additional state for the South East geo-political zone to bring it at par with most other zones, saying that the issue had not been given the due attention it deserved because of the lackadaisical approach towards realizing it.
He said further: “One additional state in the South East is realizable. Even people from other states who are not part of it have seen it as injustice to Ndigbo, but our people have not displayed enough commitment to it.
“It is not the presidency that should champion the cause of an additional state for us. It is our duty as Ndigbo to seriously demand for the additional state to bring us at par with others.”