A socio-political group in the South-west region, Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum (YRLF), has backed the South-Eastern region to produce the country’s next president.
According to the group, the Igbos are ripe for the number one political position in the country and any attempt by any region to covet the position may take the nation into deeper political trouble that may set the nation ablaze if care was not taken.
Naija News reports that former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has shown interest in becoming Nigeria’s next president.
He made his interest public after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa days ago.
Reacting, however, to Tinubu’s ambition, YRLF said the All Progressive Congress, APC National leader is within his right as a citizen to contest the 2023 presidential seat.
The Yoruba group, however, insists that presidential interest from any tribe other than from the South-East may cause unrest and imbalance in the country’s political sphere.
YRLF President, Akin Malaolu, in a statement he issued on Tuesday, said the forum would not be tricked into supporting any presidential aspirant other than an Igbo man.
Malaolu said Tinubu’s 2023 presidency is a trouble-making adventure.
YRLF stated further that “it sees Tinubu’s visit to the President as a troublemaking misstep purposely to create an impact that may unbalance the present drivers of the party, the progressive governors’ forum and enlarge the fault lines already visible and to midwife a division within.”
The statement added: “This attitude is uncalled for, particularly from any democrat that is worthy of being a member of an association and at a time the nation is looking for peace.”
As leaders of thought in the South-west, the forum said it had taken inventory of conditions in the diversity of the country and their findings convinced them that the fate of the vast people and ethnic nationalities across Nigeria could only be made well if Nigerians rotate the office of the president amongst themselves.
YRLF appealed with political leaders, mostly in the south, not to play the “traitor role”, stressing that it had taken a position to support Igbo presidency come 2023 and that there was no going back.
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