The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Organising Secretary, Emma Ibediro, has urged the South East to convince Nigerians into accepting them for the position of president.
The APC chieftain stated that Igbos won’t get an automatic presidential ticket in 2023.
Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, Ibediro warned that the South East needs to play good politics, the politics of engagement, the politics of consultation and politics of getting other regions involved.
He said: “Igbo presidency is not a right, just like Hausa and Yoruba presidency is not a right too. Igbo presidency can only become possible if you work within the party and convince Nigerians to produce a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.
“The fact that you are from the South East or from any other area is neither here nor there. So, if the people from the South East are aspiring to become Nigeria’s president, I think the first thing to do is to work within the party to get the rest of Nigerians accept them for that position, it is not a right.”
“Remember, if you check the percentage of population of members of APC and check the population of Nigerians, you will see that we are even less than five per cent. So, we are talking about a president that will be a president of Nigeria, not a president of APC.
“So, first of all, under whatever platform you want to achieve that aspiration, you have to work to get yourself acceptable to that platform he belongs.
“It is not going to be an automatic award that Nigerians should give South East ticket for president. What of the situation where APC gives ticket automatically to somebody from the South East and he doesn’t win the very election. Have you considered that?
“The South East needs to play good politics, the politics of engagement, the politics of consultation, the politics of getting the other parts of Nigeria involved in their aspirations. But for now, I don’t think we are playing good politics,” he added.