The Nigerian Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said that the All Progressive Congress cannot produce the much expected Igbo Presidency in 2023. Abaribe said only his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, can produce an Igbo president in Nigeria.
The opposition party hasn't zoned its presidential ticket to any region yet. Negotiations are still going on and the party will decide soon, the senator revealed.
The former Abia Deputy Governor concluded that the Igbo Presidency is very possible in 2023 and that he would make Nigeria better in six months if he emerged as the president.
The senator also commented on the agitation for a Biafra Republic. He said the current administration can crush the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), but the agitation cannot be crushed because there are over 30 separatist groups in the South East.
He added that President Buhari should address the root cause of the agitation instead of using force.
In my opinion, the senator is being realistic when he says the APC will not be able to produce an Igbo president in 2023. These are some of the reasons why the APC cannot give its presidential ticket to the south-east.
1. The ruling party lacks strong support in the region. The party is ruling two out of the five states in the region. The first (Imo State) was won through a supreme court judgement, while the second is due to the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, to the party a few months ago.
2. The people of the South East have been loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party since the return of democracy in 1999. Even when a prominent son of the region, Ojukwu, contested for the presidency in 2003, they neglected him for the PDP candidate.
3. It would be unfair for the APC to deny the South West its presidential ticket if the party zoned the presidency to the South in 2023. The people of the South West have been committed to the party from its inception, and many of its founding members are from the region.
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