- Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state has said tribal sentiments should not be the basis for the emergence of the presidential candidate
- Uzodinma stated that partisan democracy should determine who governs Nigeria in 2023
- The governor made the statement in Abuja shortly after holding a meeting with President Buhari
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state has suggested that tribal sentiments should not be the basis for the emergence of a presidential candidate in 2023.
Uzodinma stated that partisan democracy and not tribal democracy should determine who governs Nigeria.
The governor made the statement on Tuesday, September 1, when speaking with the press after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja, Channels TV reported.
He said the emergence of presidential candidates will come on a party-by-party basis, not a tribe-by-tribe basis.
Uzodinma expressed the belief that the leadership of various political parties will decide if the presidency should be zoned to the southeast or not.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alex Kadiri has said Chris Ngige is one of the most experienced politicians from the southeast who has what it takes to serve as a presidential candidate.
Kadiri told the Tribune in an interview that 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.
However, the APC chieftain pointed out that current happenings in Nigeria’s political scene indicated that there is a high chance that people of the southeast would not produce the next president in 2023.
In another news report, Senator Victor Umeh, a former national chairman of the 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 reported 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.
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