THE South-East Mandate, a group under the platform of the All Progressives Congress has identified lack of trust, fear, suspicion and prejudice, as some of the factors militating against the quest for a President of Igbo extraction in 2023.
However, the group appealed to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to facilitate the process of APC nominating a trusted South easterner as the party’s presidential candidate.
Addressing journalists after their National Executives Council meeting held in Enugu, on Sunday, Convener of the group, Senator Julius Ucha, explained that the sole purpose of setting up the group was to actualise the election of a president of South East extraction in 2023.
He said “This platform is expected to provide opportunities through which we can vigorously debate our interests, set our priorities and tailor them to achieve our common purpose.
“If we have a forum where we exhaust our republican energies and channel it to a common cause without making a public show of our differences, most Nigerians will be denied the space to always tag us as a people who will never agree on a common course.