- The southeast region has been accused of disunity by a former Nigerian minister, Adeseye Ogunlewe
- According to the former minister, as a result of the disunity, the region cannot produce the next president of the country
- Going further, Ogunlewe blamed this on the absence of common leadership and lack of cohesion
A message has been sent to southeasterners. The message is simple: forget 2023 presidency.
The message was sent by a former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe.
According to him, the southeast cannot produce the next Nigeria’s president because they are disunited.
He insisted that the absence of common leadership and lack of cohesion would work against any South-East presidential candidate.
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“Another set of people that are appropriate, they are the people from the Southeast but they have the problem of leadership.
“They are so endowed that they are spread all over Nigeria and they can gather a lot of votes, but they are too divided. An Imo person, an Enugu person, an Ebonyi man will not listen to themselves.
“They have the money. If they sit down and aggregate what they can offer, they have more money than almost everybody in Nigeria.
“But have you seen one person from the south-east that said ‘I am interested in the presidency, I will start to campaign all over Nigeria immediately, raise money for me?’ and influence the structure of the party?”
Recall that Legit.ng reported that if the southeast region heeds the advice of former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, the idea of an Igbo presidency in 2023 might just become a reality.
The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, August 9, revealed that the region needs to present a convincing argument to Nigeria as to why it has to be them that should produce the next president.
Speaking in an interview on Arise TV, Obi stated that the Igbos had compelling reasons to want to produce the country’s next president in 2023.. The former governor according to Sahara Reporters went on to note that the southeast must, however, embrace the politics of engagement and consultation, and not confrontation.
Shehu Sani shares how Igbos can take presidency
Earlier, Shehu Sani, a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central advised politicians in the southeast to build bridges of cordial relationships to the north, if they hope to get to the presidency.
In a video shared via Facebook, Sani explained that this will also work for the region economically and socially as many Igbos reside in the north.
Sani, who is also a fiery activist, social critic, and commentator, shared these thoughts during an interview with BBC Igbo.
Governor El-Rufai discloses what southeast should do to win 2023 presidency
Governor Nasir El-Rufai earlier advised the southeast region to aspire for the presidency through a political process, rather than resorting to threats.
El-Rufai gave the advice on Wednesday, May 6, at a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group.
The governor explained that politics has to do with negotiations and convincing others to vote for you.