The South-East voters, according to the Igbo Elders Consultative Forum (IECF), will neither support the All Progressives Congress (APC) nor the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the general elections of 2023.
The IECF criticized the two parties for refusing to zone the presidency to the South-East in a statement released on Friday by its Secretary, Prof. Charles Nwekeaku.
However, the organization referred to the South-East delegates who abstained from voting for regional candidates for president in the primaries of both parties as traitors and saboteurs.
The statement read: “This will not happen again as the Igbo Elders shall provide a new leadership that will strengthen the Ohaneze leadership in Igbo land. Those betrayals will retire from politics shamefully and unceremoniously as they will never represent the South-East in any public service again.
“We observed with grave concern the unprecedented monetisation of the recent political parties’ primary elections, especially the presidential election at which highest bidders emerged as presidential candidates.
“More worrisome was the failure of the major political parties, namely, the ruling APC, and PDP, to zone the presidency to the South-East in keeping with the Federal Character principle and zoning arrangement as contained in Section 14 (3) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the various political parties constitutions for the sake of justice, equity, fairness, peace and stability of the country.
“Equally shocking and saddening was the brazen betrayal and unbridled collusion of some unpatriotic Igbo sons and daughters that shamelessly and unrepentantly joined those who do not mean well for our people to deny presidential aspirants from the South-East their support and votes.”