All 2023 presidential aspirants, including Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Yemi Osinbajo have been asked to give their tickets to the Southeast region of the country, Naija News reports.
A member of the National Assembly, Dr Timothy Ifedioranma said doing so will pave the way to the path of justice, equity and fairness.
The lawmaker while addressing newsmen in Awka on Friday said Tinubu and Vice-President Osinbajo are citizens of this country and are both qualified to contest and occupy several political positions in the country.
He, however, urges them as elder statesmen to toe the path of justice, equity and fairness by giving up that position for a South easterner to emerge.
Ifedioranma: “When it was the turn of the Southwest after the annulment of the 1993 election and the death of Chief MKO Abiola, we supported them.
“They had their fair share of being the president for eight years and vice-president for another eight years.
“The Southeast has not had its turn of being the president of this country and it has sacrificed by supporting the North, the Southwest and the South-South.”
He queried: `Why is it a problem for them to support the Southeast?’’.
Ifedioranma said that electing Ndigbo as president in 2023 would quell the agitations for separation in the country.
“Our people are angry that they are being marginalised and treated as second class citizens in a nation to which we belong and are part.
“When there were agitations in the South-South, Dr Goodluck Jonathan was thrown up as vice-president and the agitations stopped.
“When the military annulled Chief MKO Abiola’s election in 1993 and he died in incarceration, it became clear that there was the need to make amends and pacify the Southwest, and we all supported it by electing Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,” he said.
The lawmaker stressed that for fairness, equity and justice, Nigeria needs to deal with the structural problem by throwing up an Igbo man and all these agitations, demands for separation and insecurity will stop.
By this according to him, peace will be restored in Nigeria.
Naija News reports that Osinbajo had served as a commissioner under Tinubu and will now have to battle for the 2023 ticket under the platform of the APC with his former boss.