The Director-General, Voice of Nigeria and APC chieftain Osita Okechukwu, has advised Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to forget about his ambition of becoming Nigeria’s president and rather support someone from the South East for the exalted position.
He said that Tinubu could carve his name in gold by backing someone of Southeast extraction to become the next president of Nigeria.
Recall that Tinubu had last week after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, told journalists that he informed the president of his intention to succeed him in office in 2023.
But speaking to Sunday Punch in an interview, Okechukwu said his submission was advisory and not in any way compelling the former Lagos State governor and National leader of the ruling APC.
He said, “Mine is simply persuasion. Please deeply examine the huge solidarity that would be generated in the south and by extension the entire country if Asiwaju had said let me go by the Hadith Golden Rule and support any south-easterner of choice. That could have resonated and carved his name in gold. I wish him the best of luck. At any rate, our great party, the APC, is not averse to zoning.
“In fact, zoning was one of the factors which enhanced our victory in 2015. I have lived in the north for 33 years and I know Nigeria sufficiently well that every geopolitical zone has eminently qualified persons to preside over the country.
“Therefore, none should be denied the opportunity to preside over the country. I also know that it is not the region that produces the president that benefits more. So, it is a soothing balm in nation building.”
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