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Ex-Minister Knocks South-East Governors Over Igbo Presidency

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A former Nigerian Minister, Prof Chinedu Nebo, has berated South-East governors over their perceived silence on the Igbo presidency.

Speaking at an event in Enugu, on Saturday, Nebo accused the governors of betraying the interest of the region for personal political gains.

The former minister stated that the next President in 2023 should be an Igbo politician, adding that the South East has not produced the President.

He, however, said South-East governors might not allow such because some of them were positioning to be vice-presidential candidates.

Nebo said it was clear that the ruling All Progressives Congress would zone the presidency to the South, while the  Peoples Democratic Party is still struggling with the zoning of the presidency.

He said: “The Peoples Democratic Party is still struggling on the zoning of the presidency, but with many of our governors in the South-East, who are here to serve themselves and not the people, and they are looking for the positions of vice presidential candidate, the PDP may actually end up zoning to the North so that one of them will become a vice-presidential candidate.

“In other words, they are ready to sell our nation, the Igbo nation for their personal aggrandisement and that is unfortunate.

“One thing about all these is the issue of justice, equity and fair play. Getting to power is of the desire of every political party, either by hook or by crook. I think the issue is social justice at this time and that is how to get the party to bring about the future of this country, Nigeria, not about the transient nature of power today.

“Part of the reasons the North was afraid of the South-East producing a president is that they believe they have so marginalised and abused the South-East that if a southeasterner becomes a president there will be revenge.

“They don’t understand that our culture is not that way. We do not revenge. You will see an Igbo president who will make sure that no part of Nigeria is left behind.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.