What Igbo Should Do To Produce Nigeria's President – APC
Buhari and Igbo leaders. Image: Channels TV

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Emma Ibediro has advised the Southeast to work within the party in order to produce a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.

Concise News understands that the Igbo, who are occupants of Nigeria’s Southeast sub-region, the Yoruba, and the Hausa/Fulani are the major tribes in Africa’s most populous country.

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But the Igbo, unlike the other aforementioned tribes, have never produced a President in a presidential system of government.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, the APC National Organising Secretary, who is from the Southeast geo-political zone, said: “Igbo presidency is not a right; just like Hausa presidency is not a right. 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.

“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, to get the rest of Nigerians to accept that position. It is not a right. That is what I would say.”

Asked whether the APC should give its presidential ticket to an Igbo aspirant in 2023, Ibediro said the ruling party was not built to dictate to the people.

He said the Southeast needed to play good politics of engagement and consultation that would get other parts of Nigeria involved in their aspirations.

Ibediro said, “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 state. But what was the return in terms of votes. So, you also need to encourage people to do something for you. You cannot at every point be asking for something without giving something back.

“Remember, if you check the percentage of population of members of APC and check the population of Nigerians, you will see that we are even less than five percent. So, we are talking about a president that will be a president of Nigeria, not a president of APC.”