Leaders drawn from the South-East and South-South geo-political zones have resolved to work for the emergence of Moses Ayom as President in 2023, describing him as a credible and unifying leader.
Led by His Royal Highness, Igwe Friday Ozochi, the leaders conferred on Ayom, a frontline contender for the Presidency in 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the chieftaincy title of Ozo Ndi Igbo 1 of Nigeria (Saviour of the Igbo race in Nigeria).
On the reasons for the endorsement, Igwe Ozochi said they considered Moses Ayom the most credible figure to lead the country in 2023.
“It is with a sense of responsibility that we make this call. Having watched the tussle for who and which region should produce the next President of this country, we view the cry of the Middle Belt as one that is close if not worse to that of our region, the South East.
“This is because whilst our zone, the South East, had produced a democratic President and Vice president in the persons of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Vice President in the person of Dr. Alex Ekwueme, both of blessed memory, the Middle Belt has produced none of these in our democratic journey.
“Much as we feel that every zone at the moment apart from the North-West is making a genuine case for the Presidency, especially the South-East, we believe that the Middle Belt can serve as a galvanizing front to play the uniting role you have always played in keeping Nigeria strong and united.
“We cannot forget in a hurry the roles played by the Middle Belt in ensuring the unity of our country Nigeria from the time of the civil war to the contributions of prominent middle belt leaders like Joseph Tarka, Solomon Lar, Olusola Saraki and many others. Having said this, we have carefully and painstakingly watched through most of the leading lights from the Middle Belt region and have concluded that you, Mr. Moses Ayom, fits the role for the next president of Nigeria,” he said.