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Okorocha says Northern Presidency in 2023 unreasonable

By Seye Olumide (Ibadan) and John Akubo (Abuja)
21 September 2021   |   2:59 am
Senator Rochas Okorocha (Imo West) has carpeted his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), for contemplating to zone the Presidency away from the South.

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Stop inciting North against South, Nwosu chides Baba-Ahmed

Senator Rochas Okorocha (Imo West) has carpeted his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), for contemplating to zone the Presidency away from the South.

Okorocha stated this, yesterday, at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secretariat, Abuja.

He said: “There is no justifiable reason for APC to zone Presidency away from the South because there has been this unwritten culture of rotation but through mutual understanding.

“Power went first to the South; there you have Olusegun Obasanjo; then it came back to the North, we had the late Umaru Yar’Adua and back to the South for Goodluck Jonathan. Then it came back to the North for Muhammadu Buhari. I think, for equity and justice, it should go back to the South.”

He dismissed the statement credited to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State that the South East does not need the Presidency.

IN the same vein, the National Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralphs Nwosu, has cautioned the Spokesman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, against making infuriating comments that could further divide the northern and southern parts of the country.

In a statement, yesterday, Nwosu said he gets furious when intellectuals sound the way Baba-Ahmed sounded recently about the supremacy of the North to other zones in the country.

Baba-Ahmed had boasted that the North would lead Nigeria the way it had led it before, whether the region produces the President or Vice President, adding that heaven would not fall

According to him, the region has the majority of the votes “and democracy says vote whom you want.”

The ADC boss urged the elite to be unifiers to build a nation that is able to employ its rich diversity for quality and endearing public policies.