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|2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Nwaforj44: 8:07am On Oct 28, 2018|
Not minding the discordant tunes being played by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and scheming regarding which geopolitical zone would produce the president in 2023, mainstream Ndigbo appear unperturbed. They insist they would decide their fate.
In fact, a very reliable source at the apex Igbo socio cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, confided in The Guardian that the body was not swayed by ongoing antics as it would soon meet to reveal the path the Igbo would thread regarding the forthcoming 2019 general elections and beyond.
Last Thursday, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, at a town hall meeting urged the people of South West to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections in order to guarantee a return of power to the region in 2023.This view runs contrary to that canvassed earlier in the year by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SFG), Boss Mustapha, when he promised that the APC would ensure that Igbo produced the president in 2023 should they support the second term aspiration of Buhari.
But in their separate reactions, leading lights in the South East insist that they were focused on the 2019 general elections, and on ensuring the restructuring of the country, just as they alleged that they have always been sidelined by the Buhari- led administration.
“We don’t expect to benefit anything good from Buhari. If Fashola has made this call to the South West with all the cries that Ndigbo have raised so far, then we should come to terms with the fact that such is the thinking of the cabal. It did not start today and we don’t expect it to stop now,” a chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo told The Guardian on ground of anonymity, yesterday.
But the National Chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, suggested the need for Ndigbo to convoke a general meeting on the issue, stressing that, even though there has been a general consensus that Igbo should be allowed to taste power at the centre, he does not expect it to happen without a struggle.
Okorie said: “It is not done turn-by-turn as such. Fashola to my knowledge is using it as a campaign strategy to get the support of the South West for his party. While he was saying so for the South West, Ngige was also saying the same for the South East. Remember that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha went to a function in Owerri, Imo State to promise that South East will be made to take over from Buhari in 2023 by the APC. The PDP has not told us anything about 2023. I think it is for Igbo to take the decision and decide on what to do between now and 2023.
“On the side of the UPP we are featuring an Igbo candidate for the Presidency in 2023 and we are poised to achieve it. The rotational thing is unwritten and we are saying that for equity and fairness, the Presidency of the country should be allowed to rotate within the geopolitical zones. It is sad that a particular set of people, who have contributed to the development of the country are perpetually held down in the scheme of things in the country. I have always known that there is contest between zones when it comes to issues of this nature, but for the sake of the continued unity, Igbo should be allowed to produce the country’s president in 2023.”
Former Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nworgu, who queried when Fashola and Ngige were made the spokespersons for the Yoruba and Igbo in the country, explained that the interest of the zone was how to go about 2019 and ensure the restructuring of the country.“Our focus is 2019 and restructuring. Whatever anybody is saying is just a ploy from the same table. Fashola spoke, Ngige spoke, but I want to know when they became spokespersons of the various zones where they come from. The Yoruba and the Igbo should work together to ensure that they achieve restructuring, and 2019 election is a referendum between those who want restructuring and those against restructuring. We have already known the feelings of the two leading political parties, and it is clear what they represent on the issue,” he said.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Clem Nlemigbo said: “We are not surprised. We have always believed that the APC has no Igbo interest at heart and will always frustrate the zone. It is sad for anybody to begin to believe that only when Ndigbo vote APC will they have the opportunity to become president of the country. APGA is not worried, but is focused on winning the Presidency in 2019 using its candidate.”
Also, president Emeritus, Aka Ikenga, Chief Goddy Uwazuruike said: “It’s possible for South West to get the presidential ticket of APC in 2023. This is because APC is an amalgamation of North West and South West political lords. All the other zones are joiners. For record purposes, the APC was the brainchild of Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, but at the crucial meeting where the substratum of the party was decided, he was excluded. South East political leaders in APC are mere hangers-on in the corridors of power.
“The power brokers belong to the kitchen cabinet either of the president, or of the party chairman. The Igbo APC leadership merely pretends to be in a position to influence things. Telling the South East that power will shift to it is nothing but lies from the pit of hell. Nobody else made that promise. Even the statement of Boss Mustapha was mere palliative; it is like a mere pat on the back as the party has never made that promise.”
He claimed that, “the entire APC arrangement ab initio never had any worthwhile position for the South East. The South West had the VP, the speaker and the national leader slot. The North West had the president, the North East had the Senate president, the North Central and the South South were ignored. Ndigbo have said it loud and clear that only the party that presents what we want should expect Igbo support. I am in agreement with that.”
Former Minister of Information, Chief Tony Momoh, is of the view that whoever ever wants the Presidency must work hard for that to come to pass.He recalled that APC and President Buhari didn’t get up to 200, 000 votes out of the estimated nine million votes cast in the South East in 2015 because it calculated that PDP will win, while the South West supported the president.
“To give the Presidency to any region depends on the support of the zone because power is not, and cannot be given on a platter of gold. Nobody is going to tell the Igbo to vote for APC because in the next general election, three political parties will be prominent in the South East- the APC, PDP and APGA. If the Igbo people decide to support PDP and APGA and the ruling party eventually retains power till 2023, it would be unthinkable to believe that the Presidency would be conceded to the Igbo at the expense of the Yoruba that gave their support.“For now, even if they support the former vice president (Atiku Abubakar) in next year’s election, that would still not guarantee the region getting the presidency in 2023. The onus is on them to decide whatever they want in the coming presidential election,” he said.
Founding Chairman, South Eastern Peoples Mandate (SEPA), Mr. Campbell Offorbuike Umenzekwe, seems to agree with Momoh that the South East cannot reap when it has failed to sow. Umenzekwe said: “The APC constitution does not recognise zoning of any political position. For example, in the run-up to 2015 presidential primary of the party in Lagos, Governor Rochas Okorocha, participated but lost to Buhari. There is nothing new in what Fashola said to his people in South West, because I believe he is only campaigning for APC to win his region.”
The Publicity Secretary of APC in Lagos, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, has been a strong advocate of Igbo support for Buhari in 2019.According to him, this remains the only way the zone can brighten its chances of getting the Presidency in 2023.He warned that the zone would have itself to blame if it voted against the incumbent next year and lose the opportunity of producing the next president.
According to him, “Politics is a game of numbers and so far the Igbo are in the minority; they must cooperate with other regions to get what they want. 2023 is the closest means for the South East to produce the president and this only depends on their voting pattern in 2019.”
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, in his comment on the issue said, “The demand of South East and South West is that Nigeria must be restructured in 2019. Who cares where the president comes from in 2023 after we have restructured. The various sections of the country will be in productive mode to have time for such shenanigans. What would the Presidency do for the people of any section of Nigeria under the present structure than Fashola’s “achievement” in the power sector.
“In the First Republic, Ahmadu Bello declined being Nigeria’s prime minister and opted to be Premier of Northern Region. Yoruba are not children who never tasted soup before who will now soil their garments over stale soup. Restructuring we want!” Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, on his part lambasted Fashola accusing him of abdicating his immediate responsibility as Works Minister to meddle into politics.He said if the minister and his party have failed in road construction and rehabilitation jobs across the nation “he should stay clear of politics.”
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by obedugo(m): 8:14am On Oct 28, 2018|
Lets Atikulate now cos that brown roof bastard has a say only in the west ... Igbo ewegi eze
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:31am On Oct 28, 2018|
Lol , No human being can decide a whole ethnic group FATE, apart from God.
Don't sweat it!
Nigeria belong to us ALL.
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by KingLennon(m): 8:32am On Oct 28, 2018|
Bloody Politicians who only care about themselves. These people don't care about the welfare of its citizens they are thinking how power will go to the west in 2023. So they can continue looting the funds while the average man continue in misery. God help Nigeria
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Kwamecron(m): 8:33am On Oct 28, 2018|
Why are u worried about Fasholas comment
Fashola legacy in Hus political careers, is far more than what GEJ has achieved in his 6years as president.
The SW kws When to give meaningful comments wen the time due and we are the brain in Nigeria Government.
The SE should be given seasonal VP as wat they deserve.
They can never be president in Nigeria.
They are illiterates
They love war and disturbing the peace of a nation
They are the enemy to the north and enemy to the south and even among themselves.
Wen Osibanjo was nominated VP was their any raft among the SW?
Now see how they av put OBI-TUARY of themselves.
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:33am On Oct 28, 2018|
Nwaforj44:Haba, only the thieves and troublemakers among us can say this concerning the President despite everything he his doing for us, things that the rogue and corrupt party (PDP) never did in their tenure.
We sane and true igbos know what we want.
Go vote for your Atikuloot in peace.
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by iamvictorbassey: 8:33am On Oct 28, 2018|
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by KOLLYPROF(m): 8:33am On Oct 28, 2018|
So Fashola is now giving you guys headache
Oh my God
The battle line has been drawn 2023
Fashola vs Igbos
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by IMASTEX: 8:35am On Oct 28, 2018|
MANNABBQGRILLS:Nigeria politicians see themselves as god already. If not, how will a human be sharing power that only comes from God against 2023. When even the end of 2018 remains uncertain.
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by chukwuibuipob: 8:35am On Oct 28, 2018|
immigrants slaves.Leave us alone .After baba Bubu, SW next turn. Today biabia tomorrow Nigeria. Today No lefuledrum, , tomorrow Ati.ku plus Obituary. May we not see evil
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Randy100: 8:36am On Oct 28, 2018|
Fashola should collect my middle finger.
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by 10mobile: 8:36am On Oct 28, 2018|
To say the least, Nigeria is an absolute ridicule of that word 'democracy'. Why do we keep giving the impression that a few people decide who becomes president in a country of over 200 million people who all have working brains in their skulls? Why do we keep giving the impression that what matters to us is which tribe or religion that run things for us rather than the development of the country? This is the reason no politician runs an issue-based campaign anymore which is why the leaders we throw up are often visionless since we don't care about their abilities but only about their region or religon. Is it not why they choose to deceive us by playing on this base myopia we manifest? Like leaders like the led - Cowish!. Tufiak!
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Lordofthewest(m): 8:36am On Oct 28, 2018|
Lol..they are already panicking because of fashola's threat..haha Fashola oko awon omo yeebow
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Lanre4uonly(m): 8:37am On Oct 28, 2018|
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by martowskin1(m): 8:37am On Oct 28, 2018|
Foolishness at its peak...
OBJ was president for 8yrs..... What did SW benefit
GEJ was President for 6yrs...... What did SS benefit
North has been president more than any zone...... Yet they are the least developed from Human development to infrastructure
SE presidency won't make the SE better.....
Let's restructure the system and have peace of mind
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Nemesis001: 8:37am On Oct 28, 2018|
Fashola is a nobody in Yoruba land.
He was just fortunate enough to be handpicked and made a governor.
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by TEDHorsePower: 8:38am On Oct 28, 2018|
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by kaen1317: 8:38am On Oct 28, 2018|
Is it not the same fashola that fixed all of Nigeria's electricity problems in 6 months as promised?
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Jimwalex(m): 8:38am On Oct 28, 2018|
The truth is that if Ndigbo refuse to back down from their hatred for PMB and APC or vote for APC in the coming election, they should just forget the ambition of becoming the president in 2023 through the same party they have been rejecting..you can't eat your cake and still have it.
You keep rejecting the party from the onset while Southwest zone has been supporting them yet you expect the party to remember u in 2023 and forget the zone that has always been there for them..
Just stick with you PDP and become president through their platform. Cikena
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Hotfreezer: 8:38am On Oct 28, 2018|
Fashola says the truth and they hate hearing the truth. That's why they usually hv issues with him.
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Lordofthewest(m): 8:38am On Oct 28, 2018|
With right thinking people like this I'm assured Nigeria still has hope unlike some people that are ready to die for the post of VP what difference did it make when Alex ekueme was VP?
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Hotfreezer: 8:38am On Oct 28, 2018|
Keep deceiving yourself.
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by efighter: 8:39am On Oct 28, 2018|
So you know one brown roof bastard? I know several potopoto flat-head bastards
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by klax(m): 8:39am On Oct 28, 2018|
Pls Ndigbo stop bothering your head about Fashola statement. Who the hell is Fashola to be putting the Ndigbo in jittery? Anyone can say anything but saying it does not guarantee it coming to past.
The real threat to Ndigbo is that useless Kanu that guy should be tie to a wood flog mercilessly and tie rock or bricks around his neck and throw the bastard into Atlantic ocean.
I swear this guy will give Buhari easy win and I will say it over and over if we don't destroy Kanu right now come 2023, 2053 or 20100 igbo will never smell power and biafra will never happen quote me again and again.
With the way kanu has set the stage no one can trust igbo for presidency I repeat no one can or will vote igbo man for presidency with the way this bastard called Kanu is setting the stage and the f u c k I n g bastard is in Isreal eating burgers, chicken, cool environment enjoying life it's a shame ipob idiots still listen to this goat called Kanu.
Fashola is not Ndigbo threat but it's Kanu.
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Racoon(m): 8:39am On Oct 28, 2018|
This is a more reason why Nigeria should settle the restructuring question as fast as possible.
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by orobs93(m): 8:40am On Oct 28, 2018|
fashola wouldn't come out to say anything he is not sure of so the east should take note
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by TGGREAT: 8:40am On Oct 28, 2018|
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by vedaxcool(m): 8:41am On Oct 28, 2018|
Ohaneze rather than guide it's people with reason seems to think politics of blackmail will work wonders for them. Sorry APC will reward those who work for its victory and not those who spew bigotry and inane threats morning and night.
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by Hotfreezer: 8:42am On Oct 28, 2018|
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by obedugo(m): 8:43am On Oct 28, 2018|
efighter:oya show your mumu
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|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by ipobarethieves: 8:43am On Oct 28, 2018|
|Re: 2023 Presidency Fashola Can’t Decide Our Fate —ndigbo by richeeyo(m): 8:43am On Oct 28, 2018|
No igbo man would ever rule Nigeria again Hausa won't Vote igbo Yoruba would never vote igbo Some igbo would never vote for themselves Vice president post now their whole committee's of useless elders are confused
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