Presidency 2023: Why north may retain power – Ex-minister, Ogunlewe ▷ Nigeria news


– Former minister of works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, said the southern leaders must enlighten their people on the need to take voting serious if they want to get 2023 presidency

– Ongunlewe said the northerners still has a brighter chance of retaining the presidency because they take voting more serious

– The APC chieftain, however, cautioned that it is too premature to be discussing the 2023 presidency

Former minister of works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, has said warned that the north may still retain the presidency in 2023 “if the south is not very careful”.

Ogunlewe said this in reaction Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s call for end to zoning ahead of the 2023 general elections.

In an interview by The Sun newpaper on Saturday, August 24, Ongunlewe said the Kaduna state governor’s statement should be ignored because it is an “anti-unity call”.

“It is an ill-conceived call that should be ignored. This call by el-Rufai is anti-unity call. It is unpatriotic. It is unpatriotic because it is not a call that will promote unity, and cohesion in the country,” he said.

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Ogunlewe who recently crossed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) added that it was too premature to start talking about the 2023 presidency.

He said: “I think it is still too early to be talking about 2023.Why should we be talking about 2023 now when President Buhari, and other elected officers have only been sworn into office few months ago?

“Instead of talking about 2023, we should allow Buhari, and other elected public office holders to do their work. A new cabinet has just been inaugurated, we should allow these people to work instead of distracting them.

“There are many issues requiring urgent attention that needed to be tackled with urgency by President Buhari, and these include killings, insecurity, banditry, soaring unemployment among others.”

However, reacting to another question on some northern groups insisting the north will not relinquish power to the South in 2023, the southwest APC chieftain cautioned that the north may retain the presidency if the south is not careful.

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He cited voter apathy in the south as the reason for his statement, adding that the north usually takes voting serious more than the south.

His words: “Having said earlier that it is too premature to start talking about 2023, now, let me quickly add that those groups saying so may be saying the truth. It is not that the north will seize power or take power by force. The truth is that if the south is not very careful, power may still remain in the north in 2023.Why and how?

“The north doesn’t joke with political power, and that’s why during election time, northern leaders usually mobilise their people en masse to go out to vote. Even women in purdah vote during election time in the north. But the contrary is the case in the south. In the south, there is usually voters’ apathy during elections.

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“Registered voters don’t go out en masse to cast their votes unlike in the north where millions troop out to vote. Democracy is a game of numbers, and since the north usually takes voting serious more than the south, then they will continue to have the upper hand over the south.”

Ogunlewe went further to cite an example of how the south and the north voted in the last general elections, focusing on Yobe state and the southwest.

“For example, during the last general elections, the total votes cast in Yobe state alone almost surpassed that of the entire southwest geo-political zone. However, during the elections, out of a total registered 16 million voters in the southwest, only about five million cast their votes. What this means is that political leaders in the south have to work harder by embarking on enlightenment campaign to let the people in the south know the importance of voters registration and voting, otherwise, the presidency may elude the south in 2023,” Ogunlewe said.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a former governor of Anambra state, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, said that the Igbo citizenship would cease to exist in 2023 if the southeast is not given the chance to produce the next president of Nigeria.

Ezeife said the people of the southeast geopolitical zone should be given a chance to become the president of the federal republic of Nigeria. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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