- Says Igbos Must Partner The North To Clinch Position
- Insists South West Is Not Considerate Even After 16-Years At Presidency*
Udenta Udenta, foremost Scholar and National Secretary of defunct Alliance for Democracy, has urged the Southeast to support the presidential ambition of a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.
He said that the current zoning arrangement aimed at producing a president from the southwest of the country was deceptive and fraudulent especially after a 16 years of Olusegun Obasanjo presidency, and a Yemi Osinbajo Vice Presidency.
Explaining that his choice to support the Bauchi Governor’s presidential bid “is of practical political consideration in favour of the Igbos,” adding that he was poised to mainstream the region into competitive politicking.
Decrying that the current “power shift from the North to the South is a blank generic” that does not state clearly which side of the South it should rotate, Udenta regretted the silence of both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Southeast.
While fearing that the Igbos may have to wait for another 64years to produce a President, the former AD National Secretary stressed that “in principle I want an Igbo President, but as a moral necessity, somebody wants to become a President and said, I want to include your people in the bargain.
People must step out and declare their intention for the position. The era of reluctant presidency is over.
There’s no time. It waits for nobody. So, you cannot seem to stay in your comfort zone and expect people to work for you.”
This is as he reiterated “I do not expect any proud Igbo son or daughter to vote for someone from the Southwest. I’ll rather vote for a Bala Mohammed who’ll say after eight years, I am going to give it to this my brother.
But to think that after an Obasanjo eight years as President and an Osinbajo eight years as Vice President, the Southwest is coming out again. We’re going to do battle. I’m morally and intellectually endowed for it.”
Quoting the PDP reconciliation committee report which cited the Southeast and Northeast as most politically depressed regions of the country, the academic called on the likes of Peter Obi, Ike Ekeremadu, among others, to join the fray and not to wait for the position to be zoned to the region.