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2023 general election: Southeast chieftain asks Atiku, Tinubu to jettison presidential bids

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A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress from the southeast, Chief Greg Obioha, has asked former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar and ex-Governor of Lagos State, Ahmed Tinubu, to withdraw from the presidential race if they want friendship with Ndigbo to continue.

He also asked the governing APC and  Peoples Democratic Party to give their  presidential tickets to an Igbo man in the Interest of justice, equity and fairness, ahead of their primaries.

Obioha who stated this on Saturday, on the heels of the forthcoming primary election by political parties and as well as, the demand by the Igbo nation to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor come 2023.

According to him, “It is the turn to produce the next President after Buhari. It has been the tradition since 1999 to cede Presidency to a particular part of the country for peace to reign.

“We practice what could be called guided democracy through power sharing, zoning and negotiation. Obasanjo got negotiated into power in 1999 on behalf of the yoruba, Yardua got installed in 2007 for balance of power and Equity on behalf of the north.

The Imo chieftain further said, “Jonathan took the Presidential slot cededto south south geopolitical zone in 2011, after completing remaining two years left following the death of Yaradua. In 2015 presidency was ceded to the north as Buhari was made to pick it in behalf of the north.

“Power has rotated peacefully since 1999 amongst various divides but in the whole arrangement, Ndigbo of southeast Nigeria have been omitted and its unfair”, Obioha submitted.

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