By Ruth Oginyi
A pro-democracy youth organization under the ages of Southeast; Youth Initiative for grassroots Development says the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovations, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu is their presidential choice for the 2023 election.
The National Coordinator of the group, Vincent Ekuma, pointed out that the antecedents, achievements, stake in the ruling APC, his personality, belief in a united Nigeria, and wide acceptance across the country, make Onu the best and next President of Nigeria in 2023.
The group said the minister is the best- qualified to succeed President Buhari in 2023 and called on him to declare an interest in the election.
The youths assured that they would mobilize people in all parts of the country to ensure his victory at the polls.
The group said that Onu should be the one that will succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s general election going by the merger of the three political parties that formed APC.
It argued that Onu was in charge of ANPP, BolaTinubu in charge of ACN while Buhari was for CDC and that Buhari is serving for eight years as President while Tinubu through Osibanjo is serving as Vice President and had also been given the chance to produce the party’s National Chairman and other key positions.
“As members of Youth Initiative for Grassroots Development, we have assessed all those who have indicated interest to contest for Nigeria President in 2023 especially in the southeast; our findings revealed that the best man for the next President of Nigeria is Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. He is the best and most reliable politician in southeast Nigeria. A man free from corruption and believes that politics could be practiced devoid of monetary settlement. Onu is the only man in Igbo land who believes that everyone should maintain his political party, whether being in a ruling party or opposition.
“Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu is one politician who believes that failing in an election does not call for decamping to another party. He is the only man who accepts failure in elections and believes that tomorrow will be better. This is a man who believes that what was discussed could be maintained to avoid political conflict of any sort capable of taking the lives of our poor youths. That man is who Nigerianeedsd is now and we want him to come out to contest and win.
“With all that we know about Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, we are calling on him to make himself available to contest on the platform of APC. He is the only man considered worthy and capable of handling the Igbo presidency due to his background. The best-educated man among Igbo politicians, I mean, true education and not buying of certificates which are prevalent now among most politicians.
“We do not doubt that If APC gives Dr. Onu their 2023 Presidential ticket, it would be a round peg in a round hole because he is eminently qualified, he was once a Governor, he is free from corruption, he is a founding member of APC and he understands deeply the problems of Nigeria and how best to solve it.
“For those who may not know this, in 1999, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu won the presidential ticket of the All People’s Party (APP), one of the two national parties then in Nigeria. He later handed over the ticket to Chief Olu Falae of the AD, so that Falae would have a big and national platform to run for president, with the APP and AD pulling forces together. A soft then, all the six states of the Southwest were controlled by the AD, and Falae was seen as the true choice of the Southwest. But AD could not win any other state outside the Southwest, and that was seen as a handicap against Falae’s presidential ambition as the preferred candidate of the Southwest.
“Dr. Onu and APP did that for the sake of justice, equity, and fairness – to compensate the Southwest for the grave injustice IBB and Abacha did to Chief MKO Abiola over the annulled June 12 election was clear Abiola won. So we are now saying that If there were justice and equity in this world, all the Southwest members of the APC should with one voice, endorse Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who is the current Minister of Science and Technology and founding and committed member of the APC, as their sole candidate for the APC for the 2023 presidential election”, he said.