OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON THE NEED TO ZONE APC’S PRESIDENTIAL TICKET TO AN IGBO PERSON
As a preliminary point, please accept my commendation over your leadership role in the recently concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries. Considering the almost Siamese relationship between political parties and governance in the country, it was a huge relief to note that the two leading political parties successfully conducted their respective conventions and elected national officers without crisis.
As you may be aware, the Independent National Electoral Commission recently released the timetable for electioneering activities towards the 2023 general elections. By the said timetable, all political parties would have picked their presidential candidate not later than 2nd June 2022. Sequel to the above, it is common knowledge that the APC has zoned its presidential candidacy to Southern Nigeria.
However, I am using this medium to urge you to leverage on your influence in the party towards zoning the office of the president to a candidate from the Igbo Tribe of Nigeria, whether from the South East or South South of the Nation. I am sure that your highly successful template of electing a consensus APC party chairman can be deployed towards electing a consensus APC presidential candidate of Igbo extraction.
There are numerous reasons why a presidential candidate from that part of the country is most ideal at this time of the nation’s development. Since General Aguiyi Ironsi’s unfortunate demise in 1966, no person of South Eastern extraction has governed Nigeria. Sadly, this undeniable and systematic exclusion has created a largely subconscious and increasingly permanent feeling of disenchantment amongst the Igbos. In a country where tribe and ethnicity continue to play important role in our daily affairs, it is inexcusable that the Igbos have been denied a shot at the highest office in the land for so long. Additionally, picking a presidential candidate from the South East will go a long way to disabuse the mind of the citizens on the anti Igbo perception currently being associated with your name. It can therefore be said that President Buhari did what any of his forebears failed to do!
Furthermore, the Igbos are known for their business acumen. An Igbo presidential candidate will be able to repair our badly damaged economy and continue the path of restoration that you have started. In addition to the foregoing, our country needs national healing. We cannot heal our fault lines if we continue to deny one region the right to produce a president. Since 1999, the Yorubas have occupied the office of the president and vice president for 15 years. They have also been Speaker of the House of Representatives for 8 years. It will, therefore, amount to a great injustice for a Yoruba candidate to succeed you in office and stay for another 8 years. Indeed, if a Yoruba person were to succeed you in office, that would mean they would have been President for a period even more than the entire northern Nigeria since our return to democratic government.
I understand that a lot of pressure is being mounted on you, at this time, to pick political convenience over national unity. However, I am optimistic that you will use this opportunity to repair your legacy and retire as a respected elder statesman.
Nigeria needs an Igbo president in 2023!
Comrade Deji Adeyanju, LLB (Hons)
Read Comments and Reactions
Rauf Shitu : U have to direct this letter to Dr Iyorcha Ayu the PDP chairman bcoz Igbo people doesn’t have anything to do with APC , all there vote they give it to FeeDeeFee , u cannot be reap where did u not sow.
Abubakah Ibrahim: The Igbo’s should learn how to play national politics, they hate APC with passion and assassinated the character of President Buhari,please Mr Deji stop deluding yourself. Stay away from traducers or better still channel your agitation to APGA/PDP.
Adedayo Tijani: APC cannot and will never zone presidential candidate to South east at least not this coming election,what is the contribution of South East to emergence of APC?we all know their party is PDP and partly APGA,if they want to be president it should be under any of those two parties,it’s a case of reaping where you did not sow
China Jonah: If after TUNDE BAKARE said during his preaching that the GREAT IGBOS are under curse & they can not rule Nigeria,
If there is still any IGBO under that his political office call church after what he said,
truly that IGBO person is really under curse.
Now I clearly understand what nnamdi kanu meant when he warned igbos not to attend any Yoruba person church.
Olayade Dayo: I don’t know the reason why PDP card carry member will be writing an open letter to the president,so that he can persuade APC to zone their ticket to south east. This is another PDP strategy,so that they can have a easy ride to Aso Rock in 2023. By God grace, their plan will fail. God bless Nigeria!