- Discussion on zoning of the presidency has begun with less than three years to the next general elections
- There are divided opinions on whether the north should retain the presidency or power should shift to the south
- A northern politician, Tanko Yakassai, is of the opinion that the Igbo will not get the presidency unless they work hard for it
- On the issue of Bola Tinubu contesting for the presidential seat, Yakassai said there is a possibility he will not get the vote of the north
Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, lent his voice to the growing agitation for an Igbo presidency in 2023.
The northern politician said the southeast will have to work hard for the presidency as it will not be got on a platter of gold.
According to him, though the zone has sufficient grounds to seek the number one office, hard work, and not a mere wish, is what will make Igbo presidency a reality, Vanguard reports.
According to him, people settle for the best candidate during an election after a lot of convincing and telling them how you plan to make their lives better.
Tinubu's presidential ambition
Yakassai said the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, may likely not get the vote of North’s bloc.
Explaining further, he said though Tinubu played a role in bringing President Muhammadu Buhari to power in 2015, it may not translate into a bloc vote for him in the north.
He noted that the north is a complex entity made up of different zones. He said there are people in the north who may support Tinubu and others whose loyalty will lie elsewhere.
The elder statesman added:
"The North is more divided in terms of politics. There is no way it will speak with one voice in the politics of 2023.”
Yakassai, however, advised whoever wants the office of the president in 2021 to start working for it.
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Who will take over from President Buhari?
The race for the 2023 presidency has been gaining prominence in recent political discussions. As for a lot of analysts and political experts, it is still too early to draw attention to where the next president will come from.
Legit.ng earlier highlighted five people likely to succeed President Buhari should the All Progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party decide to zone its ticket to the southeast.
The ruling party, the (APC), is likely to zone its presidential ticket to the southern region.
This has apparently sparked off interest from the southwest and southeast, with Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a socio-political group, leading the front in the demand for an Igbo man to take over the helms of affairs when Buhari leaves.
Although prominent politicians like Tinubu and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state have been rumoured to be eyeing the top seat, there has been arguments that Igbo should be the next president for the sake of justice and fairness.
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