By Henry Umoru & Tony Edike
ENUGU â€” AHEAD of the 2011 general elections, the National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, said yesterday that any Igbo man or woman aspiring for the position of the President or Vice from the South East geopolitical zone should jettison it.
Nwodo spoke against the backdrop of Sundayâ€™s resolution by South East governorsÂ that none of them would vie for the office of the president or vice president in the forthcoming elections.
Addressing a mammoth crowd at a reception organized in his honour byÂ Enugu State government at Okpara Square, Enugu, yesterday, Nwodo stressed that what was required by Nigeria now were leaders with courage, vision not tribe.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan who was represented by Alhaji Ahmed Ali Gulak, Coordinator, Goodluck Support Group, also called on Nigerians to put aside the idea of religion, region or state as major consideration for who becomes the leader of the country in the next general election.
Obi, Orji storm PDP reception
Nwodo, who was highly elated at the event which was attended by political leaders of the South East, all the governors of the South East, including governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji, who recently dumped the Peoples Progressives Alliance, PPA, for All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and his Anambra State counterpart, Mr. Peter Obi, stressed that unity for once had come to Igbo land through his appointment as PDP national chairman.
He said: â€œFor the respect, for the honour and dignity the governors have for my person, it means unity is coming to our land.Â I salute our governors, I salute the people, I salute you because you are sending a message loud and clear across Nigeria that the Igbo can be united, you are sending a message that even when we have diversity in Igbo land, we have unity.
â€œYou are sending out a message today that in Nigeria, we can sit at home and sacrifice, we can strategize and plan for the future of Igbo and Nigeria.Â A statement was made here, we are not going to be president, we are not going to be vice president, but we want the gains of democracy for our people.”