A presidential aide has spoken about what the South East should do in order to produce the next president of Nigeria.
As 2023 gets nearer, a Presidential aide has spoken about the region that is likely to produce the President after Muhammadu Buhari.
The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina has advised the people of the southeast to play good politics if they truly want to get the ultimate office in the country.
Adesina made this known on Friday, December 11, in an article titled, ‘Dave Umahi’s Heart of Lion.
He said the Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi, has the capability to contest for president in the 2023 elections.
Adesina said though the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has not come out with its zoning formula, Umahi has the right to aspire for any position in government.
He praised Governor Umahi for having the courage to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC, saying that the governor had been a believer in the Buhari presidency even while he was in the opposition party.
The president’s spokesman said:
“Umahi had always loved and respected President Muhammadu Buhari, and never hid it, though they were of different political parties. And the president reciprocated in like manner. In fact, the first state the president ever visited in the country and passed the night, was Ebonyi. Umahi was PDP in the exterior, but APC at heart.
“My first inkling of what was on the way was about two years ago. There was a meeting of Progressive Governors (as those elected on the platform of APC are called), and Gov Umahi had sent his deputy to attend. A PDP man among APC Governors? Something was definitely cooking.
“Now, the deed has been done. Gov Umahi has done what Napoleon couldn’t do. He has officially crossed from the PDP to APC. Only a man with the heart of a lion could do that.”
Adesina also noted that the likes of Orji Kalus, Hope Uzodimmas, Chris Ngiges and Umahi are beaming the light so that the Igbo can find their way to the presidency.
“I’ve always said it. The southeast must play better politics to get the ultimate office in the country. Sleeping and facing the same direction may not be the best option. The Orji Kalus, Hope Uzodimmas, Chris Ngiges, Dave Umahis, and many others, are now shining the light, so that their people can find the way. And so let it be.”