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An Igbo Presidency can only be achieved through dialogue – Ekweremadu

Ex-Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has stated that an Igbo Presidency could only be achieved in 2023 through dialogue.

“There is a clamour for an Igbo presidency today but I believe that it can only be realised when we engage ourselves in conversation with other Nigerians to buy into this initiative,” Senator Ekweremadu who spoke at the 2020 edition of the Brandish Meeting of Minds Colloquium in Abuja, said.

“There can’t be a unilateral imposition of any ethnic group on the rest of us in this country. It is only dialogue and conversation that can bring equity to all parts of the country,” he added.

Ekweremadu’s statement came following the defection of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State. Umahi had attributed his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to an alleged plan by the APC to zone its presidential ticket to the South-East.

Speaking on the change of the nation’s constitution, the senator noted that a change in the constitution could only be achieved through referendum since there was no spelt out processes in the constitution.

“On the call for change in the 1999 Constitution, unless you are calling for anarchy that can’t be achieved. There must be a process for a new constitution to come into force and that process is not contained in the 1999 Constitution,” he said.

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