- The clamour for Igbo presidency in 2023 continues to intensify
- Former national chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, said it is the turn of the southeast to produce next president of Nigeria
- Umeh noted that other zones should support the southeast in 2023
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Senator Victor Umeh, a former national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has said the southeast should produce the president of Nigeria come 2023, for the sake of the unity of Nigeria.
The Nation reports that he pointed out that the zone should not be denied the opportunity on a historical basis regarding the Nigerian civil war.
Legit.ng gathered that Umeh said this at the reopening of the Enugu airport on August 31, that all the zones in the south have produced leadership of the country except the southeast.
He said: “It is wrong for the other parts of the country that have provided leadership to vie for it now. For example, the southwest had Obasanjo who served 8 years. Their son is also vice president now. The south-south has produced the president through Jonathan.
“Southeast is the remaining part of southern Nigeria yet to take its slot. So, on that basis we thank the president for the work he had done on the Enugu Airport and other infrastructures in the southeast – roads and second Niger Bridge. But none is more important than closing the gap by making the southeast produce the best president for Nigeria in 2023. Let’s not play politics with that.
“Somebody had told me that the APC is weak in the southeast. And I asked the person what was the strength of the PDP in the southwest in 1999 when Obasanjo became the president. The PDP had no councilor in the whole of the southwest.
He posited that the situation in the southeast now is better than then in the southwest, adding that it is for the country to be truly united.
“And we have intellectuals, technocrats and the best people that can provide quality leadership to Nigeria if given the opportunity. So all parts of Nigeria should support the Southeast to produce the president in 2023," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alex Kadiri, said Chris Ngige is one of the most experienced politicians from the southeast who has what it takes to serve as a presidential candidate.
It was reported that Kadiri said the minister of labour and employment has the required experience to be fielded as a presidential candidate from the southeast zone if he has the backing of the region.
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