2015 presidency: Why Chekwas Okorie is the right choice
From Henry Uwalaka
The emergence of Chief Chekwas Okorie as the United Progressive Party (UPP) presidential candidate could not only be seen as an Igbo agenda as many may view it, rather is a time for Nigerians to pay them back for their immense contributions to the development of the country .
According to some Igbos who believes in the course of Igbo man, Okorie’s mission is to keep the Igbo race on that Historical Golden slate of Nigerian nation which effort have been made to erase.
Nigeria is said to stand on a tripod namely the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. Igbo race since Independence has never been given its rightful position despite playing a major role for Nigerian independence. Hausa and Yoruba have produced not less than one president and Heads of State each, yet no Igbo man has held such a position since the country gained independence in 1960.
Late Chief Chukwuemaka Odimegwu Ojukwu understood the plight of Igbo race earlier and fought to defend it during and after the war, even when his health condition deteriorated he still cried for Igbos to be conscious of where they are, and where they are going.
After the demise of Odimegwu Ojukwu, only few prominent Igbo sons trade albeit consciousness to sustain Igbo identity and ensure they maintain their place as one of the major ethnic groups in the Nation. Many on the other hand have moved to mortgage the future of Igbo race for their selfish interest.
Today, the party which is claiming to be the Igbo party, All Progressive Ground Alliance (APGA) which was founded by Chief Chekwas Okorie is in a mess, piloted by those who want to relegate the Igbo identity to the background.
It is only a true Igbo man that can stand to run for 2015 presidential election when other prominent Igbo sons and daughters who are expected to champion the course have abandoned the project and start singing the songs of victory to President Goodluck Jonathan and retired General Mohammadu Buhari. Zoning has being removed.
During one of the visits by Ohaneze Ndigbo youths to late Ikemba Nnewi, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, he described Chief Chekwas Okorie as a true Igbo man whom Igbo youths should follow whenever he joined his ancestors. “If I am found today, and I am not seen, Chief Chekwas Okorie is to take my position”, he said.
This is a call, therefore, to support Chekwas Okerie’s 2015 presidential bid, as such if all Igbo youths and indeed all Igbos should rise up in his support other regions will follow.
Like as he rightly said; God used Moses to lead his people out of Egypt, and without Martin Luther King Jnr, there would probably not be an Obama.
United Progressive Party (UPP) is the party; Chekwas Okorie is the man for president comes February, 2015.