- An APC chieftain, Senator Anthony Adefuye, has argued that it is the turn of the southwest to produce Nigeria's president in 2023
- Adefuye claimed the southwest has not occupied the presidency since 1999, alleging that former president Obasanjo is an Igbo man from the southeast
- Afenifere, a Yoruba social-cultural group, has, however, dismissed the claim saying it is a twisted logic being pushed to advance political interests
The permutations for the 2023 presidency has taken another dimension as Senator Anthony Adefuye, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), claimed the southwest has not produced Nigeria's president since 1999.
Sahara Reporters, citing a report by The Independent, said the APC chieftain, therefore, argued that it is the turn of the southwest to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023.
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Adefuye claimed that those clamouring for the presidency to go to the southeast were wrong just as he alleged that the region produced Nigeria's president from 1999 to 2007.
Legit.ng notes that Olusegun Obasanjo, a prominent Yoruba chief from Ogun state in the southwest, was Nigeria's president within the period mentioned by the APC chieftain.
However, Senator Adefuye alleged that Obasanjo is an Igbo man and that his father hailed from Anambra state while his mother was a Yoruba woman.
Afenifere, Yoruba socio-cultural group, reacts
Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, has dismissed the allegation that Obasanjo is not a Yoruba man.
Speaking through its spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, The Punch reports that the group also took a swipe at Yoruba sons whom it accused of trying to join others to denigrate the heritage of the former president in a bid to advance their political interests.
Describing the allegation as "a twisted and perverted logic", Odumakin reiterated that the southwest produced Nigeria’s president in the person of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for eight years (1999-2007).
He said anyone who has an interest in the presidency is free to pursue it but should not use Obasanjo's ancestry as a political tool.
Nigerians react to APC chieftain's allegation
The APC chieftain's allegation has attracted heated reactions from Nigerians on social media. El Gottlieb commented on Facebook:
"The truth is Nigerians are interconnected in different ways. Including those from the north/east/west. It ought to have made them more united but unfortunately, greed and corrupt politicians have turned things upside down."
Chukwu Uche Apostle Marcel said:
"Senator Adefuye might not be far from telling the truth, I read that some time ago of his relationship with the Onyemelukwe' s family of the Onitsha royal house. However blood isn't the only thing that defines family."
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Frank Ejiofor said:
"This senator is wasting his talent...he should be in the comedy business full time"
Abubakar Karshi said:
"If that's the case, South West should be considered for 2023 rotational Presidency."
Filiks Sello said:
"They don't like Obj in the West because he was not nepotistic during his presidency. Irrespective of their tribal perspective, Obasanjo remains one of the profound and courageous patriots in Nigeria"
David Muo commented:
"Wherever he came from is not important to me. one thing i know is he is highly favour and he is great."
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Meanwhile, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC national leader, has been urged to drop his alleged 2023 presidential ambition.
The appeal was made on Wednesday, December 23, by a former lawmaker and Senate chief whip, Roland Owie.
Owie further explained that justice is to allow other regions to produce President Muhammadu Buhari's successor since the zoning arrangement began from the southwest.
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