The Nigeria Presidential Project (NPP), yesterday, warned against denying the South the opportunity to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.
The Chancellor of the NPP, Dr Walter Oji, gave the warning while inaugurating the Enugu State chapter of the body in Enugu. The group is campaigning for a President of Igbo extraction in 2023.
According to Oji, power rotation has existed in Nigeria since 1999. He said after Olusegun Obasanjo from the South West ruled the country from 1999 to 2007, the late Musa Yar’Adua (2007-2010) from North West succeeded him because of the power rotation understanding between the North and South, admitting that is not in the Nigerian Constitution.
Oji said: “It was the inability of the North to complete their tenure that made political power to return to the North in 2015, because Nigerians realised that it was their turn. They willingly voted against Goodluck Jonathan, who wanted to continue in office after serving out the tenure of Yar’Adua and another four years.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will in 2023 complete an eight-year tenure for the North, and power will return to the South.
“When that happens, it will be the turn of the South East, because the zone remains the only one that has not tasted power at that level.
“Goodluck Jonathan served two terms when it was the turn of the South South. So let it not be lost on us that this power progression should be altered. Sustaining it is part of the unity this country is enjoying today.” The group said the South East deserves to the 2023 presidency to enable the people to be relevant to the politics of the country.
“Just as we advocate having the presidency zoned to the South East, we are also going to be on the trail of all southeast leaders to ensure that there is no more abandoned project, that our road network is properly done and that our youths are empowered,” the NPP said.
“We are not a political party and we will not dance to political tunes. We will be the voice of the South East and voice of Nigerians.” Inaugurating the state chapter led by Robert Ngwu, the chancellor urged them to move into all councils and wards to sensitise residents to the need to have a President of Igbo extraction in 2023.