A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, asked the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to adopt the Igbo presidency by 2023
Okechukwu, who spoke with Enugu journalists on Sunday, said that if APC and PDP had produced Igbo presidential candidates in 2023, this would have solved the “prevalent gun-box democracy” and return “ballot box democracy” to Nigeria.
Okechukwu appealed as he reacted to the problems of the country’s democracy and the presidential elections of 2023.
He invited the two dominant political parties to adopt the Falae / Obasanjo model by presenting an Igbo presidential candidate.
According to him, the adoption of the Igbo presidency is the only way to have peaceful presidential elections in 2023 and save Nigeria’s “threatened” democracy.
He added that the rotation of the president between the different regions is the ligament that supports the incipient democracy of the country.
Okechukwu said, “I have tremendous respect for His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, especially Tinubu, who more than anybody contributed the critical supplement to President Buhari’s 12 million vote-bank in 2015 which led us to victory.
“I also salute other prominent Nigerians who are angling to be president in 2023. However, Nigeria, our fatherland is bigger than any of us and her unity is of paramount importance.
“The Falae/Obasanjo model was founded in 1999, on equity, natural justice, and good conscience, with the sole objective of a harmonious and peaceful country
“We may recall that in 1999, two Yorubas were fielded by national consensus under PDP and AD/APP alliance. That was the genesis of rotation of president between North and South.
“The destination was peace, unity, equity and good conscience. We need that now more than ever, especially now that Mr President had denounced those fifth columnists who bandied 3rd Term.
“Igbo presidency is the recipe to create sense of belonging and save Nigeria’s threatened democracy.”