Why presidency may elude South East in 2023, by Yakasai


Tanko Yakasai believes in power shift to the South

By Valentine Amanze

A founding member of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Tanko Yakasai, has said that only the Igbo would deny the South East the presidency in 2023.

Yakasai, who spoke in Chammelstv on Monday, also said that the missing ingredient in the South East’s drive to lead the country in 2023 was the dearth of constructive engagement with other regions.

He advised that the South East to do more if the region would take the reins in 2023.

His words: “I am a strong supporter of a president from the South after Buhari and also if he can come from the South East no problem; I will support it.

“The quarrel is that this is not something that you just stay at home and think that people will come to your house to dash it to you.

“You have to show interest, you have to be serious, you have to try to convince people that you are really up to the task.

“This is what in my opinion is missing in the South East.

“There is a desire shown by the region as regards getting the presidency but the people are not exerting their position to manifest their desire and to convince other people.”

The rights activist also said that there was a certain uncertainty in Nigeria about the position of the South East especially because of the region’s handling of Nnamdi Kanu and his ideas.

“There is doubt because this Nnamdi Kanu whom ordinarily would not be a good candidate for the governorship of any of the Sutheastern states is now claiming the attention and support of prominent people in the South East,” Yakasai said.

He alleged that the attention given to Kanu within the region was stirring doubt and causing people to wonder if truly the South East was ready to produce a credible candidate that would serve Nigeria with all his/her heart.

The elder statesman advised that though the card lays now on the desk of the South Easterners, the region must try to reach out to garner support for its goal to be achieved when the polls come around.




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