The recent clamour by some Igbo Elders alongside their Socio-Cultural Organisation, Ohaeneze Ndi Igbo for Igbo Presidency has become another twist to the 2023 Presidential race, writes Lanre Shodimu.
Rising from various fora, the clamour has been for Igbo Presidency, come, year 2023.
Some individuals outside the South East geopolitical zone are fast becoming sympathetic to Igbo’s course on this matter. Former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola recently added his voice to the clamour.
Infact, some Igbo elders have threatened to align with the proscribed IBOP to secede from Nigeria, if the Igbos are not given exclusive preserve to the 2023 Presidency.
Although majority of Igbo youths prefer secession from Nigeria rather than the 2023 Igbo Presidency, and this therefore appears that only the Igbo Elders are in favour of the clamour for Igbo Presidency.
This secession threat has suddenly become a Political tool in the hands of Igbo elders and their socio cultural group to bargain and negotiate for Igbo 2023 Presidency.
While some school of thought believe that the Presidency of Nigeria has become a contest rotated between the North and South in an unseen “gentleman” agreement, further narrowing it down to geopolitical zones of the country, may not augur well for the polity, and as such, it should not exclusively be zoned to a particular geopolitical entity of the country.
The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai recently threw his weight behind North-South rotational Presidency as a way of improving on Nigeria’s unity.
The politics of Igbo 2023 Presidency is not a welcome idea by other regions, especially when Igbo leaders have to issue threat of alignment with proscribed IPOB to secede if the 2023 Presidency is not zoned to the South East.
The South East politics of exclusion from party at the centre has been its geeatest undoing in the recent past, especially as regards 2015 election. This politics of annihilation which seeks to eliminate the relevance of a party controlling the centre in the Southeast, became prevalent in 2015, elections which brought Buhari to power and such trend, still continues in South East politics.
In modern day Nigerian politics, where a geopolitical zone fails to align with the party in power, it suffers politically.
The refusal of igbos to spread their votes and tentacles politically, does affect their political relevance in the country.
The seat of the Nation’s Presidency should be vied for, on a North-South rotational basis as it remains a race for the swift who knows their onions and how to maneuver their ways politically and not for ‘political weakenings’ waiting for the sympathy of others to clinch the Nation’s presidency.