By Patrick Okohue
The National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Emma Ibediro has said that getting an Igbo President in 2023 is not a right.
According to him, aspiration must involve every part of the country.
Ibediro said that the Igbo nation must be ready to work within the ruling party or any other platform they intend to use to actualise their dream of ruling Nigeria.
“In 2015, only 198,000 votes came in from the entire South-East. In 2019, we had a little above 400,000,” he told a national newspaper.
“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 North-central or the South-west 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 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.”