Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-political body, has insisted that the unwritten rotation policy for electing Nigeria’s president must continue in 2023 instead of choosing based solely on competence as advocated by Mamman Daura, a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nnia Nwodo, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, made the organisation’s position known in a statement issued by Emeka Attamah, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, on Wednesday.
Daura had in an interview with BBC Hausa Service on Tuesday said the most qualified Nigerian should succeed Buhari in 2023 and not based on “turn-by-turn” basis.
But Nwodo said the comment by Daura was unfair, noting that the northern region had enjoyed two terms in quick succession due to the rotation policy.
He insisted that it is the turn of the South-East geopolitical zone to produce the country’s next president in three years time.
The statement read: “The truth is that Mamman Daura is not being a fair judge. Then, he didn’t believe rotation should end. Now that he has tasted power through Buhari, rotation can end and the most qualified/competent can be voted in, dis-countenancing that the South East has never tasted what he is drooling in?
“By the way, who determines the most qualified/competent candidate? Is it as competent as the last one they gave the nation?
“It is indisputably the turn of the South, specifically the South East.”