- Asiwaju Isaac Akinkunmi, a Yoruba leader, has supported the 2023 Igbo presidency agitation
- Akinkunmi said zoning the presidency to the southeast will unite the country and put an end to secessionist agitations
- The Yoruba leader said not allowing the Igbo to occupy the presidency "makes no sense"
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A prominent Yoruba leader in Benue state, Asiwaju Isaac Akinkunmi, has thrown his weight behind the southeast in its quest to produce Nigeria's president in 2023.
Akinkunmi who is the immediate past president general of the Yoruba community in Benue state made his position known in an interview published by The Sun.
He maintained that supporting the Igbo presidency is the only way secessionist agitations can die a natural death in the country.
The Yoruba leader said he supported the idea of presidential zoning because only one zone will be producing the president if there is no rotation.
Akinkunmi, reacting to those who said merit should be placed above zoning, said there is no zone in Nigeria that does not have competent people.
The Yoruba leader added that the Igbo presidency will foster the spirit of unity which he said the country needs.
According to him, "deliberately excluding the Igbo man from attaining the highest office makes no sense".
"So, to give the Igbo man a sense of belonging to Nigeria and to bring Gowon’s declaration after the war which is ‘No Victor, No Vanquished’ to pass, I think it is time that we concede the presidency to an Igbo man. I think that will unite the country more than any other thing."
Meanwhile, as the conversation on who takes the mantle of leadership from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 gets more momentum, an Igbo group has shortlisted ten people who can wrestle for 2023 southeast presidency.
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The group, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), made its resolution known after its national executive council meeting in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
Speaking on behalf of other members, COSEYL president-general Goodluck Ibem and the secretary, Kanice Igwe declared that Igbo presidency is non-negotiable come 2023.
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