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Why Southeast should produce next president, by…

Hope Uzodinma

Imo State Hope yesterday said the should President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.

He said the election of a Southeasterner as president in next year’s poll will foster unity, equity, fairness and justice.

But, he cautioned that the presidential candidates for the 2023 election will not on the of associations, but on the platforms of political parties.

Uzodinma told reporters in Lagos that it is desirable that the two main parties – everything Congress () and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – should their candidates from the Southeast, reminiscent of what happened in1999 when the PDP and everything Peoples Party/Alliance for Democracy picked Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Falae from the Southwest.

Uzodinma said Federal of Nigeria is practicing “partisan democracy,” and not a national politics that is dominated by ethnic considerations when the choice of the is the major issue.

He maintained that the battle for tickets and the general election will be fought within and political parties, and not tribal organisations.

The governor emphasised that what is important is that every political party is focused on elections.

However, he said “Southeast has a hunger to produce the next president,” adding that the parties should zone the tickets to the .

Uzodinma stressed: “The two major parties shoukd zone their tickets to the Southeast. This us the way to decentralise power sharing for equity and justice.”

The governor spoke on insecurity in Imo, maintaining that the has political connotations.

He said the insecurity in the state was being fuelled by political opponents who have an axe to grind with his administration.

He thanked President Buhari for lending assistance to his administration to tackle the crises.

Uzodinma said it is not every should run to the Federal Government for solutions to local matters.

He : “States,as component units of the federation shoukd be able to deal with local security challenges, although the police, the army, Navy, airforce and other security agencies belong to the Federal Government.  But, President Buhari is trying for us.

“The inter-agency cooperation in Imo ranks among the best. It should be emulated by other states. We want to prevent killings. No more . It will not help. No compensation can equal the life of a person. Who benefits from the compensation? Not those killed. Therefore, we want to prevent killings.”

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