The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, believes that Igbos can only have a shot at the presidency by supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid.

The apex socio-political body of the Igbo, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, had, in a recent statement, said it was only interested in restructuring, and had not taken any decision on the 2019 elections.

Speaking in Enugu on Sunday, Okechukwu, a member of the All Progressives Congress, advised the Igbo to back Buhari for a second term, as, according to him, restructuring was already on the agenda of the Buhari-led Federal Government.

The VON boss added that the Igbo should support Buhari’s second term bid in order to have a chance of producing his (Buhari’s) successor in 2023.

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Although the President is yet to declare his intention to go for another term, Okechukwu explained that Buhari would seek re-election.

Apparently reacting to Ohanaeze’s declaration that it was only concerned with restructuring, and was not thinking of the 2019 polls, Okechukwu said, “Restructuring is not a one-day event, but the golden opportunity of Buhari being the only northerner, going by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the zoning convention, with only four years that ends in 2023 is a matter of fact.

“Voting for any other northerner means postponement of the golden opportunity which Mr. President’s re-election offers Ndigbo.

“Restructuring is already on the cards of our party, the APC. Definitely some items will be restructured before the 2019 general elections, going by the Nasir el-Rufai committee’s recommendations," he added.

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