- Ismaila Isa Funtua, an associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, advises people of the southeast to practice inclusive politics that embraces everybody
- The Katsina state politician accused the media of promoting the clamour for the Igbo presidency
- Funtua says Moshood Abiola, presumed winner of the 1993 presidential poll was able to defeat Bashir Tofa in Kano, his state because he embraced everybody
Ismaila Isa Funtua, an associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said people of the southeast must practice inclusive politics that embraces everybody in order to get the presidency.
The Katsina state politician gave the advice on Saturday, January 4, when he appeared on The Morning Show, a programme on Arise Television, The Cable reports.
He accused the media of promoting the clamour for the Igbo presidency.
“They should belong. They should join the party. They want to do things on their own and because they are Igbo, we should dash them the president? That was the reason I said is it turn by turn Nigeria Limited?” Funtua said.
The associate the president explained that Moshood Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential poll, was able to defeat Bashir Tofa in Kano, his state because he embraced everybody.
“You’re talking of politics, which is an issue of votes. My very good friend of blessed memory, MKO Abiola defeated Bashir Tofa in Kano. Was MKO Abiola from Kano? But he defeated Bashir in his own town Kano. Why? Because the man played politics, he embraced everybody,” he said.
“If you send him an invitation for anything, if he is not there, his representative will be there and he will play his part. You cannot sit down and say because you’re an Ibo man, there is no fairness.
Isa Funtua pointed out that candidates are selected in Nigerian politics based on their ability to win elections and not on regional nor on tribal basis
He said politicians from the southeast must learn to belong if they want to attain the presidency.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said any attempt to deny the Igbo ethnic group the opportunity to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 would amount to creating disaffection.
Chief Nnia Nwodo, the president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, made the statement in Anambra state at the public presentation of the official biography of the Nnewi ‘s monarch, Igwe Kenneth Orizu, The Guardian reports.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo leader noted that Igbos has the inalienable right to aspire to the nation’s presidency, stressing that equity and fairness must be entrenched in the overall interest of the country.
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