Adeyinka Adedipe, Benin
Former Senate Chief Whip Roland Owie on Wednesday appealed to former Lagos State Governor and National Congress leader of all progressives Asiwaju Bol Tinubu to reject his 2023 presidential ambition.
Owie claimed it would be Southeast’s turn, to produce the next president if the APC positioned its position toward the South.
He said, “Bola Tinubu is my friend, but the truth is that where there is no justice, there will be no peace. Zoning began in 1999 and, thank God, it started from the southwest and Obasanjo took it and the PDP won.
“But for zoning, Obasanjo would not be president. He ruled for eight years after which he moved north and Yar’adua became president. What he has been doing for about two and a half years, a number of presidents is not.
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“The current president has not done 10 percent of what Yar’adu has done. His mandate was curtailed, because when God calls no one can say no.
“President Jonathan ended Yar’adu’s term and then served another four years, meaning the southern part of Nigeria has done so for 14 years. When Bukhari completes his regime by 2023, the north will have another four years.
“If Tinubu knows that Nigeria has peace with this zoning, he should not think about the presidency, because if we all agree that by 2023 the presidency should come to the south, it is not to the southwest, it is not to the south-south, it is to the southeast. “