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OPINION: Why We Yorubas Will Support Igbo Presidency In 2023

SAHARANEWS – l have read a lot of back and forth on 2023 presidency and have come to a conclusion that we need stability in Nigeria.

No region can make themselves president alone. If we Yoruba can make ourselves president, Awolowo would have been president but he failed woefully several times he ran for president because the East (SE/SS) didn’t support him.

MAUSOLEUM 14 L-R; Sen Chris Ngige, President Muhammadu Buhari, Anambra State Governor, Chief Wille Obiano, Minister of of Power,wORKS AND housing and wife of Late Nnamdi Azikiwe, Mrs Uche Azikiwe and Sen Chris Ngige during the Commissioning of Zik Mausoleum and Conference Centre in Onitsha, Anambra State.PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JAN 24 2019

Our Yoruba e-warriors are beating their chests again in the cyberspace telling the rest of the south to go to hell instead of building bridges and securing southern support by advocating for Igbo presidency. They lack tact and must have failed in their history classes. It’s a historical fact that the first time we Yoruba voters successfully voted a winning president was in 2015 and 2019 (though still pre-judicial). Pre-2015, the East and north determined who ruled us.

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We Yoruba voted against Tafawa balewa and Zik, we lost they won.

We Yoruba voted against Shagari, we lost, Shagari-Ekwueme won.

We Yoruba voted against Obasanjo in favour of Olu falae ( a rabid Yoruba nationalist), East and north successfully voted OBJ.

Yar’adua and Goodluck lost in Osun but won the presidential elections.

So why do we still call the East losers because we won elections for the first and second time in more than 50 years of national life.

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We Yoruba thought PDP will be dead after 2019 elections but the party in still waxing strong in the North, grabbing key states like Sokoto the seat of the caliphate, bauchi and going head to head with APC in Kano, to our chagrin. It shows unequivocally that the North is ready to do political business with the East in 2023. This is the reality we must face.

Therefore we in the SW should read the signs, shun greed and align with the reality buy support Igbo candidates in both APC and PDP as the country did for us in 1999.

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Where there is no equity and justice. Peace is usually elusive.

Ogbonnaya Onu/ Shettima 2023 for APC

Peter Obi/ Kwankwasiyya 2023 for PDP.

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