OHANEZE Ndigbo Youth Council (ONYC) officials have distanced themselves from the actions of one of their members Charles Enya who is seeking an amendment of the constitution to allow President Muhammadu Buhari get another term in office.
Earlier week, Mr Enya, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State, said that President Buhari should be allowed to serve in office for another term. Under Nigeria’s current constitution, the president can only serve for two four-year terms and in 2023, President will no longer be eligible to stand for office.
However, Mr Enya suggested that Nigeria’s constitution be changed to allow President Buhari serve for a third term until 2027. President Buhari himself has distanced himself from the plan and Ohaneze Ndigbo has praised him for doing so, with ONYC condemning Mr Enya’s approach as unconstitutional and parochial.
ONYC president Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said: “We dismiss the report credited to Charles Enya, an Igbo APC chieftain, seeking for the third term for the president and governors through constitutional amendment, as idiotic, unconstitutional and parochial. As Igbos, we disown such immature moves as un-Igbo and huge joke.
“As it stands now with support from Middle Belt youths and Niger Delta youths leaders championing the zoning of the presidency to southeast in 2023, the coast is clear for any Igbo to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari. We still insist that Igbo politicians should massively defect to the APC to have a political balance in Igbo land, as the APC holds the key for the future of the Igbo people in 2023.
“We urge the governors of the old eastern region to see the handwriting on the wall and collapse PDP in the region. For President Muhammadu Buhari to reject the third term bid openly demonstrates that power is coming to the south and we believe that at the appropriate time he will support an Igbo presidency project as a democrat.”