- Ahead of the 2023 elections, a Lagos-based Igbo politician, Joe Igbokwe said things will be good if Tinubu becomes president
- Igbokwe who is Governor Sanwo-Olu's special adviser on drainage and water resources also said it's the turn of the south to produce the president but he doesn't know the specific zone
- The outspoken politician said it should have been the turn of the southeast if the region had played the right politics
Igbokwe, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said this while fielding questions in an interview with BBC Pidgin.
Asked if he sees Tinubu, an APC national leader, as a potential president, he said:
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"If he becomes the president of this country, things will be okay. Things will be fine. He's a builder. He laid the foundation for the growth of Lagos. And Lagos is now the fifth-largest economy in Africa. So he can deliver.
"He's a chartered accountant. He worked with Mobil. He ruled Lagos. He has been a senator. He has a lot to bring to the table. You know, experience cannot be learned from textbooks alone. So, he has a lot to bring to the table. But it's Nigerians that will decide."
Though he has not openly declared his ambition, Tinubu is strongly rumoured to be interested in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Southern Nigeria should produce president in 2023
In the interview which is also published on Facebook, Igbokwe said he believed that it is the turn of the southern region to produce Nigeria's president after the expiration of President Buhari's tenure in 2023.
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We have an understanding, a gentleman deal between the north and the south. So, power comes to the south but I don't know where it's going.
He said it should be the turn of the southeast if the region had played the politics well. However, he said the Igbo-dominated region tied its hands with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and refused to engage with other people.
Asked if a time will come when Nigeria will have a president of Igbo extraction, Igbokwe said:
"I may be the one when the time comes. It is possible but you have to play the politics. You have to build the bridges."
17 southern governors unite on 2023 presidency
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that governors of the 17 southern states unanimously insisted that the next president of the country must come from the region.
This was part of the decisions the governors reached at their meeting on Monday, July 5, in Lagos.
This decision, if it comes to fruition, would effectively end the ambition of some top politicians from the north who are believed to be eyeing the 2023 presidency.