Igbo Presidency Is Not A Right – APC Organizing Secretary

Emma Ibediro, the All Progressives Congress’ national organizing secretary, has stated that Igbo Presidency is not a right. 

Condemning the outright call for Igbo Presidency from the South-East
region he is also from, Emma Ibediro said only a zone that has worked
within party lines to convince other regions can actualise their dream
of ruling Nigeria.

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“In 2015, only 198,000 votes came in from the entire south-east. In
2019, we had a little above 400,000,” he told The Nation. “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. 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 Northcentral 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 of from any other area is
neither here or 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.

“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 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.”

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