- Pa Ayo Adebanjo has insisted that the southeast deserves the 2023 presidency more than any other region
- The Afenifere leader has consequently lambasted former president Goodluck Jonathan for attempting to come back
- Meanwhile, Pa Adebanjo asked for unity among all presidential aspirants from the southeast region
Pa Ayo Adebanjo has lambasted former president Goodluck Jonathan for mulling the idea of contesting the presidency in the 2023.
The leader of Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere is one the people insisting that the presidency should be micro zoned to the southeast for equity, justice and fairness in 2023, Punch Newspaper reports.
According to the elder statesman, there was a need for aspirants from the South, especially from the southeast to be united.
He also claimed that the decision of presidential aspirants including the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike who are from the South South to contest would only give the north undue advantage over the south.
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“The unfortunate thing is that President Goodluck Jonathan allowed himself to be disgraced by mentioning the fact that, ‘I’m considering whether to be President’; for what? Who are you consulting?”
Going further, he blasted the north for trying to retain power in 2023 despite Buhari's eight years.
“Now that it is the turn of the South-East, they are propounding a new theory, it must be based on merit and all that. If it is the question of merit, who in the North? All of them…if it has been based on merit till today, till kingdom comes, the East alone will produce the president."
2023 presidency: APC may disqualify Amaechi, Ngige, others
If care is not taken, top All Progressives Congress political appointees contesting the 2023 elections who have not resigned their appointments might be disqualified.
It is believed that the ruling party would not risk being disqualified by fielding political appointees in contravention of Section 84 (12), Punch Newspaper reports.
Political appointees who have signified their interest to contest the presidency on the platform of the APC included the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and his counterpart for Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.