Alex Otti, a former governorship of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, has stated that the country’s myriads of problems will not be solved if an Igbo man is elected president in 2023.
According to him, some fundamental structures need to be put in place to have a society that recognises equality.
The former Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank also stated that insecurity thrives in the country because a larger percentage of the population lives below the poverty line of $1.90 per day.
He said all these in an interview with the Sun newspaper.
“A situation where close to 90 million people, representing 43 per cent of our population, live below the poverty line of less than 1.90 dollar per day, makes the country a veritable candidate for insecurity of the highest order.
“If you have followed my politics, you would realise that I do not believe in primordial sentiments. I believe that tribe and religion are basically smokescreens used by politicians to drive personal interests,” he said.
Otti insisted that the country’s unwritten power shift arrangement will not bring about the needed transformation.
“Having said that, I also know that arrangements about power shift have remained the fulcrum of our politics in Nigeria. That is not to say that our salvation is going to come from that.
“Given that arrangement that has had power move from North to South and power having been in the North for two terms, it should naturally move to the South. Since South-West and South-South had been in power, it should naturally shift to the South East. That is the extent to which I believe in Igbo Presidency.”
“Would that solve the problem of Nigeria? I think not. There are some fundamental structural problems that must be dealt with for an egalitarian society to be institutionalised,” he stated.