Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo says the southeast should produce the country’s next president. According to a report by Vanguard, Obasanjo made the remarks during a courtesy visit by the members of the Political Action Committee (PAC) of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
The members of the group met with Obasanjo to get his support for their bid for the southeast region to produce the next president.
Obasanjo shared many benefits of the emergence of a president from the southeast region. He insisted that such a move would ensure peace, justice, fairness, and sustainable national development in the country.
The Punch reports that Obasanjo added that the minimum Nigerians would accept from key players in the political space is that the next president should come from the south. The Ime Obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo, at its meeting, last week, mandated its president general and the secretary to constitute a political committee to go around the country to solicit support for a president from the southeast region.
Some of the people on the team include Ambassador George Obiozor, the President General; Ambassador Okey Emuchay, the Secretary-General; former president generals of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, Gary Igariwey, and Alex Ogbonnia, the national publicity secretary of the group.
Quoting the former president, Ogbonnia said Obasanjo commended the Igbo people for demanding their rights ahead of the elections in the country. According to Ogbonnia, Obasanjo admitted that one thing he owed the delegation that came to visit him and Nigeria as a whole is sincerity, objectivity, and guidance
Obasanjo said: “The next president of Nigeria must come from the southeast. The least acceptable minimum is a president from the southern part of Nigeria. “Federal character, rotation of power, and such other measures are meant to help our nation-building process and more sure-footedly, move Nigeria forward.” He also warned that riding over these measures rudely, shoddily, and roughly cannot augur well for our nation-building process and progress.