2023: Let South-East Produce President – Babatope, Edwin Clark
Former Transport Minister, Chief Ebenezer Babatope and South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark have said that the South-East deserved to produce the president in 2023.
Babatope, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said, “As far as I am concerned, what will make Nigeria work is to ensure the Presidency goes round the country.
“As it is now, the South-East is yet to be allowed to produce a President but this is not compulsory because the political parties have a right to do what they want.
“I think, in all fairness, we should allow the South-East to produce the President but if that is not possible by the calculation of the political parties, they should ensure that justice and fairness dominate what they want to do in terms of zoning the presidency. I belong to the PDP and I believe the PDP will allow justice and fair play to play out.”
Clark said, “Nigeria’s unity demands that North and South should rotate the office of president and after President Buhari serves his eight years, presidency should return to the South and specifically go to the South-East zone in 2023.
“Some people argue that they want people who are intelligent, who have integrity and worthy personality, I dare say that such people are not scarce in Nigeria, whether in North-East, North-West, North-Central, South-West, South-South and South-East.
“So also the Presidency should not remain in the North-West, it should also go to North-Central and North-East, similarly in the South, it should not be South-West, South-South and South-East.
“Therefore, anybody who believes in the unity of this country knows its sustenance depends on quality leadership and ability of all sections of the country to aspire to any position in the country.”
Herald NG. – John Ogunsemore