- The conversation on the 2023 presidency is getting more visible and pronounced
- Chief Nduse Essien has urged Nigerians to allow President Muhammadu Buhari's successor come from the southeast
- According to the former minister, this will subdue the feeling of marginalisation and preserve the national peace
Nduse Essien, former housing, land and urban development minister, has solicited support for the presidency from the southeast in 2023, saying this will sustain the harmony and erase heightened agitation over marginalisation.
Legit.ng understands that the conversation on President Muhammadu Buhari's successor has been brought closer with just three years to the expiration of his tenure, leaving the contest open to the southern zone.
Notable personalities including All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, have been tipped to take the mantle of leadership responsibility from Buhari in 2023.
But Essien, who is also the former chairman of Southsouth National Assembly caucus and House of Representatives member, said Igbo presidency will foster harmony.
The former minister noted that if Nigeria must move forward, someone from the southeast has to be the president.
He added that zoning of the presidency must continue till the southeast gets the presidential ticket and after that, candidates based on other criteria can be allowed to take over the leadership mantle.
"We have had the government of Nigeria rotate from one zone to the other. So far we have all the zones taste power at the presidency such as the South West, South-South, the North Central during the military administration and the North West is doing so presently.
"If Nigeria is to have peace and move forward there is need to allow the South East have the president. Zoning has to continue until after the turn of the South-East.
"From 2023 and thereafter, Nigeria should return to elect the best material to govern the country and no longer on zoning arrangement or rotation anymore. We can’t say we have had a peaceful rotation of the presidency if the South-East is not given an opportunity to rule the country."
Meanwhile, Coalition of Northern Nigerian Youth (CNNY) has lifted the lids on why they want former Abia state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, to be Nigeria's next president by 2023.
The group made this known on Thursday, October 1, in a statement released by its president, Zarewa Salisu Sageer, national secretary, Abu Bature Dandume, and the regional coordinators of the group.
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