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2023: Why APC, PDP should zone presidency to South East, by Udeogaranya

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Former presidential aspirant in the 2019 general election, Charles Udeogaranya, has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to zone the Presidency to the Southeast in 2023.

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Udeogaranya, who contested on the APC platform in 2019, urged both parties to begin the process of zoning the presidency to the Southeast, noting that doing so would energise candidates from the area who are in the wings to oil their programmes for the country, particularly in this critical time. Udeogaranya, who stated that zoning the Presidency to the Southeast in 2023 would be a noble and patriotic deed, hinged the challenges facing the country on the dearth of quality leadership. He maintained that an assurance by the duo that the Presidency would be zoned to the Southeast would help aspirants from the area come up with the sound, sustainable and nationalistic programmes, adding that the absence of clear-cut developmental agenda has been the bane of past and present leadership of the country.

“Check out all who have governed Nigeria in the past, civilians or military men; they were at one point or the other merely dragged into the presidency by some power brokers. Virtually all of them had no clear-cut agenda for sustainable governance.”

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And the result is what we are seeing happening in Nigeria today. How can they succeed without a plan? How could they have succeeded by mere learning on the job? No matter how successful these past presidents would claim, I would remind them that judging by the quantum of resources available to us about 30 years ago, we are supposed to be at par with China.”

Buttressing why he wants the Southeast to produce the next president of the country, Udeogaranya cited examples of men and women from the zone making waves globally. “At the moment, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has just made Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala its Director-General. That is just one out of the many Igbo persons making wave globally, yet the Nigeria political power brokers insist they cannot find a quality candidate in the whole of Igbo land to lead more than 50 years after the civil war. For our information, the Igbo have great men and women capable of leading Nigeria to the path of greatness. We have them in the persons of Charles Soludo, Peter Obi, Nnia Nwodo, Bart Nnaji, Pat Utomi and even my humble self. These men have what it takes to offer quality and dynamic leadership to rescue Nigeria in these trying times. I, therefore, sincerely appeal to the leadership of the mainstream political parties to do the right thing for this nation by zoning the 2023 Presidency to the South-East.”

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