By Tunde John
The erstwhile President General of the Igbo Cultural Association (ICA), Plateau State chapter, Chief Jonah Ezekwueme, has expressed dissatisfaction with the declaration of the former Vice President, Atiku Abubarka, to contest the 2023 general elections, saying that he had expected the former VP to be a true democrat.
Ezekwueme said as an elder statesman, Atiku should be in the for front of pushing for rotational presidency otherwise known as zoning.
The Igbo Chieftain stated this Monday in Jos, while reacting with excitement the number of Igbo aspirants whom have joined the race to contest the number one seat in the country.
“Atiku should be a true democrat, he needs no one to tell him that it is time for power to return to the South. He should have known that without zoning, he wouldn’t have been Vice President under President Olusegun Obasanjo” he said.
Explaining further he continued: “Zoning is a way of ensuring that every section of this country is carried along in governance. The idea is for the six geopolitical zone to have the opportunity to produce the President, Vice President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Party Chairman, Senate President and the likes.
“It might not be constitutional, but it is called a gentleman agreement, which is also practice in some developed country of the world.
“Without zoning, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Musa Yar’adua, Goodluck Jonathan, and President Muhammadu Buhari would not have emerged as President. So anyone who wants to jettison zoning is not a true democrat”, he maintained.
When asked why the southeast is clamoring for the presidency, Ezekwueme said the call for Igbo presidency becomes imperative because, both the southwest and the south-south have all produce president since the return of democracy in 1999.
The Igbo Chieftain however favoured the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi among other aspirants to be the next president come 2023, arguing that with Obi’s track records, he has what it takes to reposition Nigeria.