Led by Igwe Friday Ozochi (Ozochimere Eze 1), the leaders conferred on Ayom, an aspirant 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).
“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,” Igwe Ozochi said.
“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.”
He noted that the regions settled for Ayom given his pedigree “as a man with the requisite entrepreneurial antecedents, which are basic requirements for a virile and prosperous nation.”