Front line presidential aspirant under All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Prof. Peter Umeadi has warned the Northern politicians not to play games with the rotation of presidency from the Igbo, which he said should be conceded to the rightful Southern region.
The presidential aspirant, who was the former Chief Judge of Anambra State, stated this at the weekend during the solidarity visit by Central Executive Council members of Odimma Anambra Forum at his country home, Nri kingdom in Anaocha local district of the state.
Umeadi noted that considering the news making the rounds that the North is ready for restructuring, the country would not succumb to any blackmail to rotate the presidency with the South.
According to him, “I think that such a statement if verified is akin to the flip side of those clamouring to secede from Nigeria. Both sides are not what Nigeria needs at this point in time. Rather this is the time to put into practice the concept of one united Nigeria.
“Let me recollect that when the good and saintly man, President Umaru Musa YarAdua became incapacitated, Vice President Good luck Jonathan, in tandem with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, stepped in to complete the tenure.
“At the end of that tenure in 2010, President Jonathan contested and there was a furore, because it was part of eight years tenure ceded to the North after President Olusegun Obasanjo, from the South, completed eight years.
“The North pleaded that they are allowed to complete their remaining four years following the sad demise of President YarAdua. They went ahead to say publicly that after their four years, the Igbo should step forward and present a candidate for President.”
Umeadi however regretted that Ndigbo did not heed that call of presenting a candidate, rather, they supported President Jonathan which he described as the worst mistake made by the Igbo.
“In 2023, President Buhari would have served for eight years. Whither Nigeria? The message from the North that it would not rotate the presidency with the South breaches the understanding that brought about President Umaru Musa YarAdua.
“It is as wrong as the inappropriate and injudicious runs for that office by President Jonathan. I think that as a country, the North and South should live under the leadership of one and the other to the same effect and result, which should be progressive, productive and taking Nigeria where it should be in the comity of nations,” he stated.
Earlier in his remarks, Chairman/founder of Odimma Anambra Forum, Celestine Anadi said they have discovered the uniqueness of true representation of Igbo extraction in the aspirant in his past records which compelled the organisation to stand behind him.
“Now, it is the turn of Ndigbo to the presidency, and we are here to support your presidential aspiration,” Anadi said.
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