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Buhari and Igbo leaders. Image: Channels TV

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State Jonathan Vatsa has said the South East deserves to produce Nigeria’s next president.

Vatsa said it was the right of the region to produce the next leader of the West African country after President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

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He spoke on Friday in Minna, the Niger State capital, calling on Nigerians to support the quest for a Nigerian of Igbo extraction to succeed Buhari.

“If Nigerians have a conscience; equity and justice demand that they should allow the Igbo to produce the next President in 2023,” the former Niger State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, said.

“I am convinced that the Igbo have made their consultations from the North, South and the majority of them are in support of a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.”

In addition, he condemned calls by some politicians from the North for the suspension of the rotational presidency between the North and South.

According to him, “A lot of Arewa officials have been speaking that power should remain in the North as if it is their birthright; Nigeria belongs to all of us and it is bigger than what we think it is.

“In the spirit of fairness, if we really want to be together, the Igbo should be given a chance in 2023.

“Apart from the time of Dr Nnamdi Azikwe and General Aguiyi Ironsi, we have never had Igbo President; so the Igbo should rise up and take what is due to them.

“The northerners are ready to support them and I am calling on the Igbo to speak with one voice if they must win in 2023. They must come together and forget their differences.”

Tinubu Good To Go

Meanwhile, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal has said Bola Tinubu stands a good chance of emerging as Nigeria’s next president.

Concise News reported that Tinubu had opened his campaign office in Lagos for the 2023 presidential election.

President Muhammadu Buhari, from the northwestern state of Katsina, is being expected to hand over power to someone from the south under the rotational policy (unwritten) of the ruling APC in 2023.

According to Babachir, Tinubu will make a good president for Nigeria country as he understands modern-day governance.