National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon. Emma Ibediro has said getting an Igbo President in 2023 is not a right but an aspiration which must involve every part of the country.
Ibediro told The Nation in an interview in his office at the APC national secretariat the Igbo nation must be ready to work within the APC or any other platform they intend to use to actualise an Igbo Presidency.
He said the cry of marginalisation of his people especially in Buhari’s government is not justified as they have not brought anything tangible to the table since 2015.
According to him: “In 2015, only 198,000 votes came in from the entire south east. In 2019, we had a little above 400,000.
“Some people will say that it is an improvement. What type of improvement is that?
“You can imagine Anambra state for example bringing in less than 50,000 votes when our members in that state are over 200,000.
“What it means is that even APC members did not vote for our President.”
He stressed the first thing the Igbo nation should do is to get the rest of Nigerians to accept them for that position
Ibediro explained: “Igbo presidency is not a right, just like Hausa presidency is not a right and Yoruba presidency is not a right.
“Igbo presidency can only become possible if you work within the party and convince the rest of Nigerians to produce a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.
“For instance, in the APC, you have to work within the party and with every other member of the party, either from North-west, North-east or from North central or the Southwest and then we must come to the conclusion that as an individual, you can have the confidence of Nigerians to become their president.
“The fact that you are from South-east or from any other area is neither here nor there. So, if the people from the South-east are aspiring to become Nigeria’s president, I think the first thing to do is to work within the party and then get the rest of Nigerians to accept them for that position. So, I believe that it is not a right. That is what I would say.”
The APC chieftain however refused to be drawn into making an emphatic statement on whether the APC should hand over the presidential ticket to the South East.
According to him: “I don’t want to be emphatic that there must be an Igbo President because this party is not built on the platform of dictating to the people what they want.
“If you check the percentage of population of members of APC and check the population of Nigerians, you will see that all members of the party are even less than five per cent of the population and we are talking about a president that will be a president of Nigeria, not a president of APC.
“So, first of all, under whatever platform you want to achieve that aspiration, you have to work to get yourself acceptable to that platform.
“It is not going to be an automatic award that Nigerians should give South-east ticket for the president.
“What happens if the APC gives ticket automatically to somebody from the South-east and he doesn’t win the very election? Have you considered that?”
The APC Organising Secretary insisted the people of the South East have not played good politics since 2015, saying “the south-east needs to play good politics, the politics of engagement, the politics of consultation, the politics of getting the other parts of Nigeria involved in their aspirations.
“But for now I don’t think we are playing good politics. It is a question of give and take, I’m an Igbo man and I need to be very objective.
“The President campaigned in all the five states of the South-east, just like he campaigned in every other states. But what was the return in terms of votes. You also need to encourage people to do something for you. You cannot at every point be asking for something without giving something back.”
Edo Deputy Speaker Impeached
The deputy speaker of the Edo House of Assembly Yekini Idiaye has been impeached on Wednesday.
Idiaye is the lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo Constituency I in the assembly.
His impeachment by lawmakers in the assembly comes days after he declared support for Osagie Ize-Iyamu, an opponent to the current governor Godwin Obaseki in the Edo State governorship election.
PDP To Oshiomhole: Present Your Primary 6 Certificate
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to present his primary school leaving certificate to prove he attended school.
The Chairman of Edo State PDP Campaign Council for the 2020 gubernatorial election, Chief Dan Orbih issued the challenge on Monday while addressing party members and supporters at Ososo and Dangbala wards in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State.
He further dared the former governor to come clean on the cause of the quarrel between him and his erstwhile protégé, Godwin Obaseki.
“They said Governor Godwin Obaseki who graduated from University of Ibadan has a Certificate. I’m bold to say that I challenge Adams Oshiomhole to show us his primary six Certificate.
“He should allow Edo people to decide who governs them…In four years, Godwin Obaseki has done more than what Oshiomhole did in eight years,” Orbih said.
Meanwhile, the state governor and PDP candidate in the forthcoming election, Obaseki promised that the construction of the 12.75km Ososo-Okpella road abandoned by the Oshiomhole administration would commence before end of the year.
The governor revealed that the chairman of BUA Cement company assured him that his organisation would fund the project.
Obaseki, who highlighted some of his first-term achievements, disclosed that his administration would execute maintenance work at the Ojirami Dam established by the administration of late Brig. General Samuel Ogbemudia (Rted) in a bid to address acute water supply in the rural area.
Edo 2020: We’ll Meet Violence With Violence — Oshiomhole
Immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the party would not fold its arms and watch Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP violently rig the September 19 governorship election, saying ‘’we will meet violence with violence.’’
In an interview on Arise Television, yesterday morning, Oshiomhole, who restated the reasons he is opposing Obaseki, and backing Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu picked holes in Obaseki’s alleged threat to deal with APC members and supporters in the guise of dealing with trouble makers.
On Sunday Governor Obaseki warned of stiff penalties against perpetrators of violence ahead of the poll and condemned the July 25 display by thugs at the gate of the Palace of the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin.
Obaseki warned those intent on disrupting public peace stating that he is determined to carry out his primary responsibility of maintaining order and protecting lives and property as the Chief Security Officer of the state.
Reacting to Obaseki’s threat, Oshiomhole said: ‘’if they want violence, we will give them violence.’’
He said he is against Obaseki because the governor has not met the expectations of Edo people, abandoned the development plan of the state, wrote a petition to the President to get Dr Pius Odubu dropped as NDDC chairman; as well as a commissioner of the NDDC from Edo, making the state to lose two positions in the commission.
Regretting that he worked with Obaseki in 2016 without asking for his certificate, Oshiomhole said he was given wrong accounts of Ize-Iyamu four years, adding that Ize-Iyamu had not been a governor and he could not have said that the APC candidate is a thief.
However, responding Oshiomhole’s claims on ARISE Television programme, Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, challenged him to tell Nigerians the truth about the circumstances that led to his removal as APC chairman.
“Contrary to the narrative being advanced by the sacked national chairman that he was a victim of power play, Nigerians who have followed the events that led to Oshiomhole’s ouster closely, can attest to the fact that he was a victim of his own indiscretion and unholy machinations.
“In fact, in Edo State, Oshiomhole was the powerful force that millions of Edo people fought against, so that the governor could breathe and deliver good governance to them.”
“In Edo State, Oshiomhole turned against Governor Obaseki when the governor failed to yield to his subservience and his grand plot to rule by proxy. He literally invaded the Edo APC and set up parallel structures to hijack it. His predecessor, Chief Odigie-Oyegun allowed the state’s structure of the APC to carry out its activities without any interference. To Oshiomhole’s immoderation, Edo State is today a PDP state and we are free from his inanities.’’
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