By Abubakar Yunusa
Leaders of the North Central zone under the auspices of the North Central Renaissance Movement(NCRM), Tuesday, called on the two major political parties, The All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to zone their 2023 Presidential tickets to the zone in the interest of fairness and justice.
The group stated this at a world press conference which held in Abuja, yesterday, saying time has come for other geo-political zones to rally behind the North Central to produce the next President of Nigeria.
In his opening remarks, chairman of the group, Dr. Nghargbu K’tso said the zone will not accept the national chairmanship of any political party, stressing that nothing short of the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is good enough for the North Central in 2023.
He explained that every progressive-minded Nigerian and indeed all the people of goodwill will not fail to see how in this 4th republic the North West,East,South South and South West have fare better than North Central and the South East.
According to him,all political parties must be acutely alive and responsive to the demands of social justice within the context of the realities shaping up now and to determine the 2023 presidential race.
“It is our belief that equity must be done to all assertions of this country by correcting historical imbalances that engender pain and frustration among all,or a section of the populace.”
The group lamented that case of North Central is worse than that of the South East that the latter has consolation of having produced Dr. Alex Ekwueme from 1979 to 1983 via Democratic election and again 1983 when he won re-election for second term in office as Vice president to Shehu Shagari.
He said ,“There is no better time than the current political dispensation to terminate it by proving that we too have the same aspirational liberties as many of our fellow citizens from any part of our country.
“We implore our leaders to aim higher as we are not second class citizens in this country”,he added.