It made the appeal in Enugu yesterday while briefing reporters after its national executive council meeting.
The convener of the body and a former member representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial District, Senator Julius Ucha, said: “Southeast is a solid part of Nigeria and should have the opportunity of producing the president because equality is equity.
“South East Mandate is urging President Buhari to facilitate the process of APC nominating its presidential candidate from a trusted member of the party of Southeast extraction.”
Commenting on their choice of candidate should the opportunity be given to them, the convener said: “The purpose of this movement is to persuade the people of Southeast extraction, who may have presidential ambition, to know the need of coming together to present a candidate that will be accepted and have the capacity to drive the process. We are on course to achieve this.”