By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA — A former Deputy National Chairman of the defunct Democratic Party of Nigeria, DPN, Dr. Max Nduaguibe, has said that Igbo presidency cannot be actualized on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as the party does not support restructuring and devolution of power which he described as the “clearly defined political agenda of Ndigbo.”
In an interview with Vanguard, Nduaguibe, an associate of the late Shehu Yar’Adua, while reacting to the calls by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, for Ndigbo to join APC, insisted that the party neither has agenda for the betterment of Ndigbo nor has it accorded Ndigbo any sense of belonging since it came to power.
He said: “Igbo presidency can’t be actualized under APC, because the party doesn’t believe in restructuring and devolution of power which are the clearly defined political agenda of Ndigbo.
“APC has nothing to offer Ndigbo. We have nothing to show that we are part of the Nigerian project; neither have we been given any sense of belonging in the present government at the national level.
“Governor Okorocha’s call on Ndigbo to embrace APC is coming too late; Igbo leaders presently decamping to APC are doing so for selfish reasons and not to actualize Igbo political agenda because they know it is not possible.
“Rochas Okorocha, Ken Nnamani and their likes cannot be right in pushing Ndigbo into their APC. Ndigbo have a well-defined political agenda which APC and Buhari have ruled out as not part of their concern.
“Ndigbo should not be struggling for political appointments; if it comes, it is only a right not a favour. Ndigbo should not be thankful for any infrastructure sited in Igbo land. We can afford it by ourselves if only Nigeria is restructured.”
He canvassed x a united movement of Ndigbo to any political party that responds to the aspiration of total devolution of power to the regions as it was inherited from the British in 1963 and called on Ohanaeze Ndigbo to pursue the Igbo political agenda.
“We shall continue to support all efforts by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to liaise with any political party that responds to our aspirations for total devolution of power. The new Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership by Chief Nnia Nwodo must liaise with all regions, groups and individuals desirous to joining hands in the realization of total devolution of power to the regions.”
That is the Igbo Political Agenda as of now. Those flooding to the APC are on their own,” he said.