As the 2023 presidential election approaches, the Igbo Elders Consultative Forum (IECF) better known as Ime-obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has threatened heavy sanctions against any Igbo politician or activists masquerading as promoters of presidential aspirants outside the South East zone.
Recall that Ralph Uwazurike, leader of the Biafra Independence Movement (BIM), had allegedly disowned the South East Presidency project during a recent rally in Owerri, the Imo State capital, to draw support for Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello’s presidential aspiration.
IECF Chairman and former Anambra State governor, Chukwuemeka Ezeife condemned the move in a veiled censure.
Speaking in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Forum’s latest meeting, Ezeife said: “It has come to our notice that some of our sons and daughters are colluding shamelessly with some unreasonable and dishonest Nigerians to sabotage our collective efforts to produce the next president of Nigeria of the South East extraction.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Elders Consultative Forum will pursue to a logical conclusion the sanctions of these shameless renegades and bootlickers, who plan to accept to be running mates to any presidential candidate not from the South, as well as those who are working hard to sabotage our efforts, masquerading as coordinators and promoters of presidential aspirants outside the South East zone. The Forum will also curse them and their families publicly.”