Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been blamed for the struggles of the Igbo Nation in producing Nigeria’s democratically elected president.
A former secretary-general of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Frank Kokori made the allegation, saying Jonathan’s weakness made it impossible for him to influence anything in favour of the region while he was in power.
Kokori further alleged that it will be difficult for an Igbo person to win the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket because the party is not pro-Igbo.
He, however, added that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have an Igbo presidential candidate if the region plays its politics well.
The labour activist also stated the current political structure in Nigeria makes it almost impossible for anyone outside of these two political parties to win an election in Nigeria.
He made the submissions in an interview with Sunday Sun.
He said: “The Igbo believed so much in President Goodluck Jonathan, but Jonathan was so weak that he could not influence anything for them. So, that is what killed them, if not the Igbo deserve to be president.”
“In today’s Nigeria, if you cannot win the PDP or APC ticket, forget it because these are the only two-party through which the president can emerge. It will be difficult for an Igbo to win APC nomination because they are not APC, the Igbo just like the South-south, are PDP and if it is so they must fight to get the PDP ticket, afterall all their governors are PDP. For now, I only pray for the Igbo if they can get it, fine.”
Speaking on corruption, Kokori submitted that the judiciary and the Nigeria Police Force are part of Nigeria’s major problems.
“Our judiciary? The judiciary is one of the problems we have in this country. elections are bought in this country and the judiciary is one of our problems and the police force,” Kokori said.
“If those two institutions are okay, Nigeria will just fly. There is so much corruption in the Nigerian judiciary and the police force and these are the two institutions that hold a country.
“When the police can’t protect you, when the judiciary can’t protect you unless you have money to buy judgment, to buy everything. It is sad that we no longer have a judiciary, one that you will be proud of.
“That judiciary that prides itself as the last hope of the masses is no longer there. All that ended with the Eshos, Udo Udomas, Oputas etc. The ones we have now are all billionaires. There is no justice in Nigeria again, forget what you hear and that is worrisome.”
Source: Naija News