Ahead of the 2023 general elections, some Igbo elders have started lobbying powerful Nigerians on the need for a southeast presidency. According to a report, the elders had constituted themselves as a lobby group to get Nigerians to buy into the quest to have the southeast produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor next year. In the last couple of weeks, the elders have met with political, religious, community, and opinion leaders in the north, Middle Belt, southwest, and south-south to canvass support for power to rotate to the zone in 2023. Some of the leaders the southeast lobby group met include former presidents General Ibrahim Babangida, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
In a related development, southeast chieftains in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have insisted that the zone must produce the next Nigerian president.this was the resolution of the zonal executive committee meeting of the PDP held in Enugu. The meeting was attended by the leaders of the party in the southeast, members of the state and national assemblies, members of PDP National Executive Committee, and Board of Trustees members, among others.