2023: Igbos Have Nothing To Negotiate With, says Rotimi Amaechi
- Says because they refuse to vote for Buhari in mass in 2023
The Nigeria Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi says that the Igbos do not have the leverage to bargain 2023 Presidency.
The Minister who was interviewed by The Sun newspaper said the region refused to rally around and vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 general election.
Amaechi described their refusal to garner more votes for the President as a move against the All Progressives Congress (APC)
The Transport Minister said the Igbos have nothing to bring to the negotiation table for 2023 presidency.
“I don’t know what they will do now for voting against the APC,” he said.
“For refusing to support the APC, they cannot come to the table to demand the presidency slot.
“For people like us in the APC, if the Igbo had come and voted Buhari, they would boldly tell Mr President and the National Chairman of the party that presidency should go the Southeast since the South-south; South-west and North-west have produced a president. What argument would the Southeast come up with now to convince anybody that they deserve the slot for 2023 president?”
He lashed that the region is completely out of national politics, adding that their absent would be at the detriment of their children.
It could be recalled that before 2019 general election, the secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha said the chances of the Igbo to clinch the ticket for the number seat would depend on the vote they garner for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 general election.
What APC Needs To Do:
Speaking further, Amaechi urged the ruling party to bring the party together if they don’t want to lose power in the near future.
“They need to bring caucus together, set up structures at the states and local government levels that will be meeting regularly,” he said.
“They also need to fund those structures. If these things happen, APC will continue to rule the country but I have a problem with the fact that everybody is not completely involved. When I say that everybody is not completely involved, it is not that because people are holding meetings, there are not anywhere people are holding meetings more than the other, but just that we need to play more party politics.”
Since the return of democracy in 1999, Nigeria is yet to have a president of Igbo extraction.