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APC’s Ethnic Propaganda: One Seat, Two Tribes

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Nigeria News takes a look at the idea of rotational presidency and why the campaign about it is surfacing at this time.

It is quite debasing that at this time, some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are selling a ethnic dummy to lure voters to the party ahead of 2019 presidential polls.

Even when the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is silent on rotational presidency, either by ethnicity or religiosity, prominent members of the party speak more on this hoopla.

The constitution allows any eligible Nigerian to contest presidential election irrespective of his ethnic, religious background or the region he has hailed from.

As a matter of fact, the constitutions of the biggest political parties that is the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) do not have a clause on rotational presidency.

But this idea is irritatingly becoming a norm among the political class who now use it as a tool to manipulate and propagate ethnic campaign during electioneering campaign.

It is indefensible to think that it is the turn of Yoruba or Igbo ethnic nationality to rule Nigeria after eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari.

That is the idea that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha postulated a few days ago, saying a vote for Buhari by the Southeast people would open the chance for an Igbo presidency.

The Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha’s major agenda with APC is to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. He has been nursing the agenda and has been romancing Buhari to achieve this.

However, Okorocha’s faceoff with the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole is standing against his ambition.

This idea of rotation is currently causing the discrepancy in the southwest Nigeria where some political elites now believe that the national leader of APC and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu may be nursing the presidential ambition in 2023.

To them, Tinubu is working for Buhari now not because he loves the president but to pave way for his 2023 ambition.

Senate President Bukola Saraki was the first to reveal Tinubu’s agenda before the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun exposed it the more.

It must be noted here, however that Amosun himself will give the 2023 presidential race a shot. He is looking for every avenue to discredit Tinubu so that he could come on board as the APC and Yoruba presidential candidate.

Why would any ethnic group think that it is its turn to produce Nigeria president when the idea does not exist in the country’s constitution or any of the party’s documents.

It was the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) that once said that Buhari’s victory in 2019 would open room for Yoruba presidency in 2023.

It looked like a slip of the tongue until Vice President Yemi Osinbajo corroborated this a few days ago.

Both Osinbajo and Fashola are senior lawyers who know better about the country’s constitution and how it has silent on the rotational presidency.

But in this era of political campaign, the intrigues and propaganda will be endless.

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