A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Oba Maduabuchi, has said that lack of unity and proper organisation could prevent the South-East geopolitical zone from producing the president in 2023.
He stated this in an interview published by Saturday Sun while commenting on the call for rotational presidency.
The senior lawyer noted that power is never given but taken.
According to him, when Yoruba people felt it was their turn to produce the president, they fought the military administrations of Generals Ibrahim Babaganda and Sani Abacha until Chief Olusegun Obasanjo emerged in 1999.
He added that Northern politicians repeated same in the build-up to the 2015 general election when many bigwigs abandoned President Goodluck Jonathan, paving the way for the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari.
Maduabuchi said that Igbo politicians have not been able to muster this level of unity to achieve meaningful political targets, thus the presidency may elude the region come 2023.
“So the first thing you will ask yourself, is how is the South East strategising? How are the Igbo strategising in order to take power from the North or the West and make it an Igbo presidency in 2023?
“Dr. Orji Kalu raised his head, but today where is he? He wanted to be president and has started consulting, getting ready, where is he?
“Senator Rochas Okorocha became interested. He never hides the fact that he wanted to be the president of Nigeria. Same Igbo vilified him and brought him down.
“It is not only in Igbo land that a different political party has taken over as governor from another party. For example, in Gombe State, the former governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo was PDP and APC’s Inuwa Yahaya took over from him, did you hear of any panel of inquiry set up to make sure that the man went to prison?
“The first thing former governor Emeka Ihedioha did when he took over from Okorocha was to set up panels, sent the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after Okorocha to make sure that he goes to prison.
“Will this kind of attitude engender the kind of unity that will collectively help you to become the president of Nigeria?” Maduabuchi stated.