The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has on Tuesday, claimed that talks between the North and South-West, ahead of the 2023 Presidency, have broken down.
Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the President, and Okwu Nnabuike, the Secretary-General of the Council, in a statement, alleged that the Presidential aspiration of the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leader, Bola Tinubu, is hanging, due to the tactic withdrawal of support from the Northern power brokers.
The OYC, said that it has confirmed that the North is not satisfied with the voting pattern and results during the 2019 Presidential election in the South-West as President Muhammadu Buhari did not win overwhelmingly.
It noted: “The result shows that the South-West voted for both PDP and APC, with the latter leading with little margin, irrespective of desperate efforts that denied Nigerians from the South-East from voting in most South-West States.
“The North feels that the South-West betrayed them, and there should be a new alliance, and the moves are on.
“With the recent sack of the South-West from juicy portfolios and positions, and making Vice President Osinbajo quiet, Tinubu may have seen the handwriting clearly written on the wall; that all may not be well with the alliance between defunct ACN/ANPP/CPC.”
However, the body disclosed that: “Some Northern Statesmen will be leading a high profile Delegation to a consultative, but confidential meeting with the Secretary-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, to cement a new pact between the North, her old ally, the Old Eastern Region (comprising of South-East and South-South States.
“This meeting is billed to hold in Abia State, Ebonyi State, or Rivers State, early January.”
It added that issues to be discussed include Nigeria’s security challenges, 2023 general elections, the demise of pioneer President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Justice Ezebuilo Ozobu, among others.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that he will not stay in Office beyond 2023.