Tinubu’s 2023 agenda still remains intact. He still remains the best candidate if the party zones the presidency to the South-West.
A former Minister for Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe has said that it would be abnormal and unethical for presidential candidates from the northern region of the country to emerge and contest on the platforms of Nigeria’s two major political parties – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 election.
The former PDP stalwart added that North or any zone or region should not have anything to do with the 2023 presidential election.
Ogunlewe who made this known in a recent interview with The SUN newspaper, also pointed out that the country’s democracy may not be able to curtail another mass revolt in the form of recent nationwide #EndSARS Protest.
Speaking on the 2023 presidential election, Ogunlewe insisted that it will be very strange for North to present candidates in the election.
He said, “As far as I’m concerned, that will be an anomaly. Why should that happen? It will be very strange for North to present presidential candidates on the platform of APC and PDP. The North or any zone or region should not have anything to do with this.”
Ogunlewe, however, explained the process that could produce presidential candidates from the Southern Region of the country saying only the leaders of both parties can decide that.
“Rather it is the parties that have that responsibility, and everything will depend on where the parties zone the chairmanship of the party. If they zone the chairmanship of the party to the South, it means the North will produce the presidential candidates, but if the chairmanship is zoned to the North, then it means the South will present the presidential candidates. But let’s wait a little bit on the issue.
“To me, that is still a speculation. There is nothing to hurry about, so let’s still wait on the issue for now,” he said.
Ogunlewe while maintaining that it is still all speculations about the North planning to field presidential candidates, revealed the National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu as his preferred candidate adding that the former Lagos governor is the best contender form the south for the nation’s number one seat.
He said, “Like I said earlier, it is still all speculations about the North planning to field candidates for 2023 on the platforms of APC and PDP. I still insist that we should wait for where the parties will zone their chairmanship candidates to before knowing what to do.
“There is nothing to hurry about. But I can assure that Tinubu’s 2023 agenda still remains intact. He still remains the best candidate if the party zones the presidency to the South-West.
“He has what it takes to deliver. However, an individual can’t dictate what the party will do, and that is why it is good to lobby the party first. There is nothing an individual or group can do outside the structure of the party.
lobby the party first. There is nothing an individual or group can do outside the structure of the party.
“Fortunately now, APC wants to go for its national convention, so any zone that wants any position will now lobby for it. These things are not given on a platter of gold. You have to scheme, you have to be strategic.
“You have to know what you are doing. Anybody assuming that the presidency will be given out on a platter of gold is day-dreaming. It is not an easy thing, you have to be on top of your game.
“Even for those agitating that the Southeast should have it in 2023, there is nothing wrong with that but they have to work for it.
“There is no position again in Nigeria that will be given out on a platter of gold, you have to work for it. If the South-east zone wants to present presidential candidates, they have to start working for it now.
“They should also make sure that they have significant input in the conventions of the two major political parties. To win the presidency is not a joke. You have to strategize. It is not that somebody will just hand over the baton to you to become the president. No way. It is not automatic. It doesn’t work that way.”