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Why The South-East Should Stop Dreaming About The Presidency Until She Puts Her House In Order

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The clamour for a President from the South East has been a raging agitation in the last several decades. But the campaign has failed to yield results.

It seems like the more the South East agitate and shout about marginalisation the more the throne of the President elude her.

As the politics of 2023 gradually gathers pace, one thing that has become clear is that the much-sought Igbo Presidency may not materialize still. Reports coming out of the two major political parties indicate that the chance of an Igbo person emerging as a presidential candidate is close to zero.

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The All Progressives Congress is leaning towards the South West, while the Peoples Democratic Party favours Northern Presidency.

This begs the question, why are the Ndigbos always coming short in Nigerian politics?

In this article, I will analyse how the South faltered in the quest for the Presidency in 2023, and why the region needs to stop dreaming about the presidency until it puts its house in order.

The South East is a house divided against itself

In any democracy unity matters. The more united a group is the better their chances of winning. That was the major undoing of the Igbo Presidency project in 2023. Even though many people from other regions sympathised with Ndigbos, but the Igbos themselves ruined the party.

How the Igbos Lost out in PDP?

The zoning committee that was set up by PDP to determine the zoning formula in the party had eight members each from all regions of the country. But while the other regions stood united and spoke with one voice, the South East subcommittee was divided. Four stood with the region's agitation for Igbo Presidency, while the other four took side with the North. With the region unable to foster unity, it lost out to the North. 

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The same thing happened in APC

The Igbo governors in APC we're also divided about the Igbo presidency project. While Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi was consistent in his demand for the APC presidency to be zoned to the South East, his Imo counterpart, Hope Uzodimma cared less. He told Channels TV that APC was not bothered about Igbo Presidency. So while Umahi was pulling in one direction, Uzodimma was pulling in the exact opposite direction. Another case of a divided house. So how are they suppose to get support from other regions?

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While the clamour for the Igbo presidency is legitimate, unfortunately, the Igbos themselves are not ready for it. Their camp is infested with the rodent of division, bickering and in-fighting. 

So my advice is for the Igbo to stop dreaming or even agitating about the presidency until they put their house in order. If not it will continue to be an effort in futility.

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