Elder Statesman and Former Minister of Transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has joined voice with other Nigerians predicting a better future for the country if power is zoned to the South-East in 2023.
Babatope said Igbo are qualified to rule Nigeria and should be given a chance to serve the country at the presidential level.
He said Mr Peter Obi, who would have become the Vice President of Nigeria, if Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had been allowed to win, was known among Nigerians as a very sound fellow.
That, according to him, is an evidence that Igbo are qualified and can be trusted to lead Nigeria and should be given a chance at the presidency.
“I don’t believe the story that the South-East cannot be trusted. If the PDP had been allowed to win the last general elections and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had become the president, of course, his vice president, Mr Peter Obi, would have been from the South-East and we all know that he is a sound fellow”, Babatope said.
The elder statesman who had always spoken for Igbo Presidency maintained that every well-meaning Nigerian who wanted a balanced federation must give support to the South-East to produce the president.
He insisted that every part of the country should be given a chance to lead if true and balanced federation is to be achieved.
“To promote justice and fair play, we must allow the South-East to take part in the leadership of the country and if it is not possible, then, let them assure us that at one time or the other,
those who have not been given the opportunity of producing the president of Nigeria, will be allowed to produce the president. But the case of the South-East is very important and we must not shy away from it.
“Having said that, fair play is fair play and justice is justice, we must allow the South-East to produce the president”, he submitted.
Source: News update