Udoka Charles Udeogaranya, a past contender for president in the 2019 elections, called on the Northern Elders Forum and all of Northern Nigeria to support Peter Obi, the nominee of the Labour Party, as the president to succeed Major Muhammadu Buhari (retd) in 2019.
He asserted that by backing the former governor of Anambra State, Northerners would guarantee the fulfillment of the late Paul Unongo’s ambition for an Igbo-speaking Nigerian president during the Second Republic.
In a statement to express his condolences for Unogo’s passing on Monday, Udeogaranya argued that it was past time for the Northerners to support a candidate from the South-East to become president of Nigeria.
The statement said, “The recently deceased soul of Wantaregh Paul Unongo, OFR, should be honored and heeded by the Northern Elders Forum and all of Northern Nigeria.
“No Nigerian who is sincere to himself or herself can be in denial that the Igbos, to whom Nigeria has denied the presidency for more than fifty years, should not produce the next president of Nigeria in 2023; this would be a singular act that would unite Nigeria and foster inclusiveness for Nigeria to advance.
“Nigerians in general, and especially the decent people of Northern Nigeria, must work together to ensure that Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate and also the best candidate on all fronts, wins the 2023 presidential election for the common good of all the people of Nigeria.”
Udeogaranya prayed to God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal life and unite Northern and Southern Nigerians as brothers in one accord while expressing sympathy to Unongo’s family and the entire Northern Nigerian populace.