Mr. Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) and foundation member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has called on the national leader of the APC and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to be a Kingmaker, jettison his presidential ambition and back a younger candidate from the south in line with the zoning arrangement.
He said, “If one is consulted by our national leader, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on whether he should run or not for the exalted office of the President of Nigeria in 2023, my candid advice will be that he should use his abundant Almighty God’s endowment to unite the APC, and unite the South and by extension our beloved country, by backing a candidate from the southeast.”
Okechukwu advised the APC National Leader to throw his weight behind a younger person from the South, especially the Southeast geopolitical zone to emerge as the President in 2023.
Tinubu by so doing, Okechukwu said, would have united the south forever; as some northerners have complained that why they are reluctant to support southern candidates is not far from lacking cohesion among the two major geopolitical zones in the south.
The VON boss, a founding member of APC, posited that if Tinubu widens his search he will definitely find a credible candidate from the southeast who will easily defeat presumed candidate of the PDP, former Vice President, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar.
According to him, by so doing he would have wittingly used one stone to kill two birds – unite the APC, and unite the South and by extension, the entire country.
He made this submission while entertaining questions from journalists at the 2021 Eke Day in Abuja on Sunday.
He emphasized that it will be statesmanlike for Asiwaju to be a Kingmaker than throwing his hat into the ring.