Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Senator Victor Umeh, on Monday, said it is an injustice for the South-East region not to produce Nigeria’s President.
Since the country returned to civil rule in 1999, the presidency has rotated to the South-West, North-West and the South-South regions.
As President Muhammadu Buhari from Katsina State completes his two-term constitutional tenure by 2023, there have been demands by the southern governors for the presidency to be zoned to the region.
Specifically, most easterners want the South-East region to produce President Buhari’s successor next year. Among such making the demand is Senator Umeh.
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“It is an injustice,” Umeh said during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today. “South-East has never produced President for Nigeria.
“Nobody from the South-East has been President, it is the turn of the South to produce President now. The way we have shared power over the years, you will see that the South-West has produced a president through Obasanjo democratically for eight years, now they have the vice president standing out for eight years with Buhari, then the South-South has produced President through Jonathan who has been there for nearly six years.”
When asked if the region is united, the APGA chieftain said the South-East is united in purpose as the easterners will back up an Igbo presidential candidate.
According to him, the South-East agenda is for Nigeria’s presidency to come from the region.