- Goodluck Jonathan's special assistant Doyin Okupe has warned Acting President Yemi Osinbajo against running for presidency in 2019
- Okupe said such action will leave the northerners feeling cheated
- He also said that was what happened when his principal ran for presidency after the death of late Umaru Yar'Adau
The special assistant to former president Goodluck Jonathan on public affairs has said that it will be wrong for the Acting president Yemi Osinbajo to run for presidency if anything should happen to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Doyin Okupe in an interview with Tribune said the Northern region of Nigeria will feel cheated out if Osinbajo runs for president in 2019.
citing the case of a former president late Umaru Yar'Adua, Okupe said the northerners are scared that what happened in 2010 after Yar'Adua's death might happen again.
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Okupe further warned that the northerners are only scared of such happening and thus the agitation for a northern president in 2019.
Okupe said: “We do not tell each other the truth. The north is afraid; they have the deja vu feeling.
“Because of the situation of the health of President Buhari, they are afraid of the scenario of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua playing itself out again.
“They don’t want that. And nobody should, if they want peace for this country, envisage such.
“In this country, it may not be written in the constitution but once a southerner is president and completes his term, the next president will come from the north and vice versa.
It is an unwritten constitution that we politicians follow and we ought to honour and respect that arrangement.
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“For instance, when you pick a Christian as president, automatically, his vice president would be a Muslim and vice versa.
“These are unwritten laws that we all have an abiding faith in but we had a situation whereby Yar’Adua had a promising eight-year tenure, which was the turn of the north, but he did two years and died and constitutionally, they installed Jonathan, a southerner.
“After completing Yar’Adua’s term, Jonathan, with the support of some of us, went ahead and contested an election, won and by so doing, deprived the north of their legitimate turn.
“All the problems that Jonathan had, including Boko Haram and the kidnap of the Chibok girls, coupled with all the abuses he got that he was clueless, all the difficulties he had in governance were a result of that action.
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“The majority of the people in the north felt that they were being cheated and didn’t say anything. It is the same thing that we are facing now.
“People in the north are afraid that such scenario will play out again but they don’t want to talk about it.
“Many people in the south are gloating and wishing that acting President Osinbajo assumes the office or run for presidency after completing the first term with President Buhari.
“No, it can’t work. We cannot punish the north because of an unexpected development in the polity.
“If we have an agreement that this is how we should run our country, neither sickness nor death should cause a violation of that agreement.
“That is where the elites err; rather than talk about it, they want to be deceptive about it.
“The south is being pretentious that they don’t know that such an agreement exists, while the north wants to be deceitful that they have a special answer.
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“This is a national problem that needs to be openly discussed by the leaders so as to move the country forward, instead of playing games. You don’t play games with the destiny of Nigerians.”
Recall that after Yar'Adua died on May 5, 2010, his vice Goodluck Jonathan completed his first tenure and then ran for presidency in 2011.
Jonathan won the election and under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and again vied for a second tenure in 2015.
He however, lost to Muhammadu Buhari who was the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) making Jonathan the first Nigerian incumbent president to have lost an election.
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