Igbos not ready for 2023 Presidency, says Amaechi

Posted by News Express | 18 August 2019 | 1,853 times

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•Former Minister for Aviation, Chief Amaechi

First Republic Minister for Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, has stated that Igbos who are in both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), are not ready to clinch The Presidency in 2023.

The elder statesman main this assertion when he reacted to Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s recent comments that Nigeria should abandon zoning of the Presidency for competence.

He said: “Nobody will give you president on a platter of gold; Ndigbo have to plan if they want to be president, but from what they are saying now, I don’t see them being ready for the presidency in 2023. I have talked to them about it, that is, both the Igbo in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).”

Speaking further, Amaechi stated that El-Rufai did not have the right to talk about Nigeria. The elder statesman also urged Igbos to come to him for advice, if they want the presidency, as he “holds the key”.

But Amaechi has now fired back, saying, “What El-Rufai is saying doesn’t make sense at all. Who is El-Rufai to talk about Nigeria? Is it just because he happened to win election to be a governor? Who is he, where is he?

“The people of Nigeria, from the North-Central, North-East, North-West, South-East, South-South and South-West must come together, and in the spirit of give and take, in the spirit of compromise and in the spirit of fraternal understanding, fashion out a real way of living together as a nation, and if they don’t do that the thing will collapse one day, either today or in the near future.

“In political power, you have to win it, and that is why I have told the Igbo, that if they want to be the president, they have to organise, they have to strategise, they have to plan, they have to work, they have to go out. You don’t become president by mere wishing to be one.

“Let them come to me now that I’m still alive; I will tell them what they should do to win the Presidency in 2023. Nobody is going to concede it to them.

“If they don’t want to come to me, let them take whatever they see. That key was given to me by Azikiwe few hours before he stopped breathing, and I hold that key; if they want the Presidency let them come to me, and if they don’t want, let them stay, and what they see, let them take it.” (Independent)



Source: News Express

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