Don’t Contest For President, Anoint Igbo Candidate, Okechukwu Advises Tinubu

The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu, on Sunday advised the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Bola Tinubu, to shelve his presidential ambition and back a younger candidate from the South.

Okechukwu was speaking at the 2021 Eke Day celebration in Abuja on Sunday.

He said, “If one is consulted by our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on whether he should run or not for the exalted office of the President of Nigeria in 2023, my candid advice will be that he should use his abundant Almighty God’s endowment to unite the APC, and unite the South and by extension our beloved country, by backing a candidate from the southeast,” he said.

Okechukwu advised Tinubu to throw his weight behind a younger person from the South, especially the South-East geopolitical zone to emerge as the President in 2023.

He pointed out that such magnanimity from Tinubu will unify the South and ensure cohesion not only in the 2023 election but in all future political activities.

He said there were abundant individuals who are capable of defeating the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, who, he said will likely be former Vice President, Mr Atiku Abubakar.

He insisted that by so doing he would have ensured not only unity of APC in the South but the unity of the entire South.

According to him, people like Tinubu are kingmakers and should not struggle for political offices with younger generation they are supposed to prop up.

He defended his kingmaker’s theory by quoting the holy book saying, that, “the scriptures said there is time for everything which happens on earth.

“I am one of those Buharists who have tremendous respect for Asiwaju for the critical supplement he added to Buhari’s 12 million Vote-Bank, which resulted in our 2015 presidential election victory.

“It is not a mean feat when you consider that with Buhari’s Vote-Bank, we were unable to win in 2003, 2007, and 2011, until the merger of the legacy political parties, where Tinubu played major role.”

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