- The national organising secretary of the APC from the south east has said that the clamour for Igbo presidency is not a right for the people
- Emma Ibediro said the region cannot produce a president without making some political moves within the party lines
- According to Ibediro, the south east region can only produce a president when stakeholders from the zone have worked within the party to convince the rest of Nigerians
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emma Ibediro, has condemned the outright cal for an Igbo presidency in 2023.
Emma Ibediro, the national organising secretary of the APC from the south east geopolitical zone said the clamour for an Igbo presidency is not a right.
Daily Trust reports that Ibediro while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, July 9, said the south east could only produce a president when stakeholders from the zone have worked within the party to convince the rest of Nigerians.
Ibediro said: “Igbo presidency is not a right; just like Hausa presidency is not a right. Yoruba presidency is not a right. Igbo presidency can only become possible if you work within the party and convince the rest of Nigerians to produce a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction."
The APC chieftain called on people from the region to first of all begin moves withing party lines to ensure an emergency of an Igbo president in 2023.
“So, if the people from the south east are aspiring to become Nigeria’s president, I think the first thing to do is to work within the party, to get the rest of Nigerians accept that position. It is not a right. That is what I would say,” Ibediro said.
Adding that the APC was not built on the platform of dictating to the people, Ibediro said the south east region is in dire need of good political engagement and consultation that would get other parts of Nigeria involved in their aspirations.
"The president campaigned in all the five states of the South-east, just like he campaigned in every other state. But what was the return in terms of votes. So, you also need to encourage people to do something for you. You cannot at every point be asking for something without giving something back," he said.
“Remember, if you check the percentage of population of members of APC and check the population of Nigerians, you will see that we are even less than five percent. So, we are talking about a president that will be a president of Nigeria, not a president of APC," the politician added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi had said that the Igbos have nothing to bargain with ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The minister said the fact that the region voted against the APC during the 2019 election was a grave error.
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