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Igbo Presidency: Will they have it in 2023?

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President Ohaneze Ndigbo

 

Abbas Yushau Yusuf

Igbo Presidency may have become silenced as agitators may have tired due to its seemingly unending realization

When pundits are asked when will Igbos have a shot at the Presidency, many Nigerians will think that the question is rhetorical or meant to tease the third most populous race in Nigeria.

By the time Nigeria get independence in 1960, an Igbo man that had the only chance to rule Nigeria was Major General Johnson Thomas Umanakwe Aguiyi Ironsi for only six months.

Since the counter-coup that swept him from office Nigerian politics did not augur well for the Igbos.

The July 29, 1966, counter-coup that removed General Ironsi from power plunged the country into a three-year civil war.

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Nigeria did not recuperate from the war until after the introduction of three R’s by General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s  Pre- War and Postwar Head of state.

The three R’s of Reconciliation, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction made the war-torn Southeast to be rehabilitated and reconstructed.

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But for the past 54 years what has been preventing the Igbos from accessing the highest office of the land?

The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 regards the whole country as the constituency to which an aspiring President has to drum support before being elected.

The blunders said to have been done by Igbos of the south-east may not be unconnected with strictly aligning to one political party since Nigeria return to Democracy.

In its 21 years of Civil rule from 1999 to date, Igbos did not even play the second fiddle, they only had the chance to be senate Presidents from Evans Enwerem to Chuba Okadigbo to Anyim Pius Anyim, Adolphus Wabara and lastly Ken Nnamani.

In his four-time contest before becoming elected President of Nigeria, President Muhamadu Buhari had picked two late Igbos as running mates but he only ends up getting embarrassed votes from the southeast.

The first Igbo running mate chose by President Muhammadu Buhari was Late Chief Dr. Wilberforce William Chuba Okadigbo and late second Republic House speaker Chief Edwin Ume Ezeoke,   but still, the Igbos refused to give President Muhammadu Buhari block votes during his four-time contest.

Therefore one will ask are the Igbos ready to bring the southeast into mainstream national politics like what the southwest did in 2015 and 2019.

Atiku tried to woo them in 2019 general elections but was beaten by President Muhammadu Buhari.

With the exception of Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe and General Aguiyi Ironsi that once had a shot at Nigeria’s highest office as a result of realities of their time.

The way  South-east has been distancing the region from mainstream national politics it will be hard for an Igbo man to become Nigeria’s President in the near future.

If the APC agrees to the power shift arrangement it had with the southwest the pendulum will swing in the southwest and likely a Yoruba man may succeed President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2023.

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The political equation will only favor Igbos if they woo other Nigerians and aligned themselves with the mainstream National politics and deviate from banking in only one political party.

Even Nigeria People’s party of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe did not fetch him the Presidency in the second republic let alone in the 21st century when every Nigerian is becoming more aware and sophisticated with realities of the ground.

 

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Kabiru Rurum’s Vanishing Act: What’s Behind?

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By Adamu Aminu.

The sudden silence of Hon. Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, federal representative of Rano/Kibiya/Bunkure, has sparked intense speculation in Kano’s political circles. His absence from NNPP events and gatherings has raised eyebrows, fueling whispers of a rift within the party. As a prominent figure in Kano South’s political syndicate, alongside Senator Kawu Sumaila, Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin Kofa, and Hon. Sani Rogo, Rurum’s disappearance from the political scene is a curious phenomenon.

Reliable sources reveal that Rurum, along with his Kano South colleagues, played a crucial role in the NNPP’s gubernatorial victory, which saw Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf emerge as the winner. This marked a historic first for the Kwankwasiyya movement in Kano South.

However, following the victory, the Kano South political gladiators felt their demands were neglected, despite their significant contributions. They had requested the Secretary of the State Government position, which was denied, and later sought the speakership of the Kano State House of Assembly, which was also turned down.

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Even the speaker was picked without consulting Rurum, Kawu Sumaila, and other stakeholders in the zone.

Moreover, they have not been carried along in all the appointments made so far by the Governor, including the recent appointments of Local Government caretaker committees and their councillors.

The perceived disregard for their demands has reportedly led to Rurum’s disillusionment and withdrawal from active participation in party affairs.

Furthermore, the controversial disbandment of the five emirates created by former Governor Ganduje, despite Rurum’s earlier assurances from Governor Yusuf that they would remain untouched, has added fuel to the fire.

Rurum’s vanishing act has left many wondering if this is a tactical move or a sign of deeper issues within the party. As the proverb goes, “a tree does not move unless its roots are disturbed.” It appears that Rurum’s roots have been disturbed, and the consequences of this disturbance are yet to be fully understood.

In conclusion, Hon. Kabiru Alhassan Rurum’s sudden absence from Kano’s NNPP political scene has raised important questions about the party’s internal dynamics and the fate of its key players.

As the situation unfolds, one thing is certain – the roots of Rurum’s vanishing act will continue to be a subject of intense scrutiny and speculation in Kano’s political circles.

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Northern Politicians’ Eid Homage to Buhari: A Veiled Plot for 2027 Power Grab?-Sani

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Senator Shehu Sani

 

Shehu Sani

The recent visits by some prominent Northern politicians to Daura appears to be the Usual Eid homage,but looking deeper and beyond the facade,it’s surreptitiously a new attempt to build a strong northern alliance using ex President Buhari as a rallying point to challenge and evict President Tinubu’s Government in 2027.It’s a regrouping of Northern political forces for the next general election.A project that will eventually kiss the dust.

They want to resurrect Buhari’s political charm and mobilise the gullible.Thesame Buhari that led Nigeria for eight years and left the North Worst than he met it.Its too early to forget.By the time he left power,poverty and insecurity was at its peak than at anytime in Nigeria’s history.They had power and wasted it;what do they want to do with it again?.

A Southerner is in power just for one year.Its too early for the desperate and power hungry northern elite to start plotting.The south never did that to Buhari.Their intended action has the capacity of ruining the democratic process and wrecking the fragile unity of the country when the south is awakened to this reality.

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Their obsession with power is condemnable.Opposition to Tinubu from the point of policies,promises and programs of his administration is a democratic right of any Nigerian.People have the right to speak and criticize the Government.But attempts to whip up Northern sentiments to achieve their political ends is a dangerous political experiment and expedition at this material time.No serious southerner challenged Buhari for eight years;these power drunk Northern politicians are dragging the region to a new political journey through a land mine.

Buhari’s reign ensured nepotistical placement,installation and dominance of Northerners at strategic position of authority and power for eight years.Results had shown that they only enriched themselves,pillaged the economy of the country and pauperised our country.
The Daura homage of the disgruntled and the obsessed will fail.Our people in the North should reject this faces and their plots.They have nothing to offer.From the abandoned Baro Port,Ajaokuta,Lake Chad basin refiling and Mambilla hydro power,they failed.They came to power when the North was in the hands of terrorists and left it in the joint hands of terrorists and Bandits.The Northern Talakawa should reject their antics.

Shehu Sani is a former senator and a human right activist

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Staying Loyal: Key to Winning Elections in Nigeria-Reno Omokri

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Obasanjo ,Yaradua and Jonathan during the May 29 2007 handover to President Yaradua

Reno Omokri

If you want to win an election in Nigeria, you can’t jump from party to party. Nobody who has done that has ever won an election at the centre in Nigeria from our amalgamation by the British in 1914 to now. Nobody! You can do so at the regional and state level, especially where your region has ethnic homogeneity. But in a pluralistic federation, you are toast if you do that.

Only those who have remained loyal to their parties have ever won elections as Presidents or Prime Ministers in Nigeria. Your party can go into coalition and merger with another party, or it can change its name and your reputation will remain intact. But when you leave your party to join another party, the people also leave you.

No matter what happens within your party, stay there and resolve the situation. Assert yourself th amere. Go from battleground to common ground. If you cannot lead your party out of a crisis, you will not be able to convince non-tribal critical thinking voters that you can lead the country out of crisis.

Tafawa Balewa was a member of the Northern Peoples Congress. He never changed parties. Shagari was a member of the National Party of Nigeria, which was an offshoot of the Northern Peoples Congress. He never changed parties.

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Obasanjo, Yar’adua and Jonathan were members of the Peoples Democratic Party. They never changed parties.

Buhari was a member of the All Peoples Party, which later changed its name to the All Nigeria Peoples Party. The party eventually split, and Buhari went with the Congress for Progressive Change, which, in 2013, merged with other parties to form the All Progressives Congress.

Tinubu was a member of the Social Democratic Party, which was dissolved by Abacha in 1993. Following this, he helped found the Alliance for Democracy, which merged with other parties to form the Action Congress of Nigeria in 2006. The ACN merged with other parties to form the APC in 2013.

Nigerian Politicians should learn from history. The best predictor of the future is the past. Between now and 2027, any politician who leaves his party for another party, except where there is a merger, is just wasting his time and money if he contests for the Presidency.

A country struggling with political stability cannot afford a leader who also struggles with his own mental and political stability.

Sadly, in Nigeria, to leave your party in Presidential politics is to live in pity as a perennial candidate!

Reno Omokri is a former Adviser to President Jonathan

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