The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, yesterday said the South-East has been denied the opportunity to produce the next president on account of lack of equity.
The governor said this when he featured on ‘Sunrise Daily’, a Channels TV programme, monitored by Loconaija
Before the presidential primary elections of the various political parties in the country, there has been a call for presidential tickets to be zoned to the southeast. But the hope for this is short-lived following the failure of the two major political parties to produce a southeastern candidate.
In May, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party, conducted its special convention, but Atiku Abubakar, who is from the northeast, was elected as the party’s presidential candidate.
Also, the presidential primary election of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Tuesday produced Bola Tinubu, an aspirant from the southwest.
Speaking yesterday, Uzodimma who is the chairman of the APC special convention, said the south-east should produce the next president but they will not because of injustice.
“From the view of political calculation, the sentiment of the people in the south-east is that they deserve to produce the president because the reason why this power is moving from the north to the south is that the current president is from the north having served for eight years,” he said.
“The reason the south-east is asking for it is that when the power came to the south, it went to the south-west and was there for eight years and the next time it came to the south it went to the south-south and it was there for seven years plus.
“The natural thing to do and the justice of the case is that now that power is coming again to the south and since it is only three geo-political zones that made up the south, it should come to the south-east, having been in the south-west and south-south.
“In a situation where equity should be the issue, we (south-east) don’t need to struggle for it. But here again, you see how it has come. We will continue to hope that one day God will touch the heart of our brothers and sisters to do that which belongs to us.”
Uzodimma said the presidential hopefuls from the south-east who withdrew from the race to support northern candidates did so because they hoped to produce the next president when power returns to the south.
“This is what has to be discussed at the party level because it is a serious matter and we are dealing with human beings here. You cannot just wake up and take any decision. There are consequences to every action. Those are the things that will be discussed and something must be done,” he said.
“Most of our people (presidential hopefuls) here who came from the south-east, when they saw that it will be difficult clinching to the ticket, they opted for a northern candidate.
“The reason is very simple because when a northern candidate stays for eight years and then the power will come back to the south; this time around maybe we the south-east will have the opportunity,” he concluded.
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