Barrister Emma Ibediro, National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, said Igbo should forget about fielding the party’s presidential candidate in 2023.
Ibediro, who hails from the South-eastern part of Nigeria, stated that the Igbo should not see the 2023 presidential ticket as a right, adding that they have to work hard to earn it.
Ibediro speaking to journalists in Abuja urged his kinsmen in the party to work and convince Nigerians that they are worthy to bear the flag of the party.
He said, “Igbo presidency is not a right; just like Hausa presidency is not a right. Yoruba presidency is not a right. Igbo presidency can only become possible if you work within the party and convince the rest of Nigerians to produce a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.
“So, if the people from the South-east are aspiring to become Nigeria’s president, I think the first thing to do is to work within the party, to get the rest of Nigerians accept that position. It is not a right. That is what I would say.”
He stressed the importance of playing good politics in the country while pointing out that the Igbo are lacking the characteristics to play good politics.
“The south-east needed to play good politics of engagement and consultation that would get other parts of Nigeria involved in their aspirations.
“For now, I don’t think we are playing good politics. It is a question of give and take. I’m an Igbo man and I need to be very objective. So, you also need to encourage people to do something for you. You cannot at every point be asking for something without giving something back.
“Remember, if you check the percentage of population of members of APC and check the population of Nigerians, you will see that we are even less than five percent. So, we are talking about a president that will be a president of Nigeria, not a president of APC.,” he stated further.
Barr. Ibediro lamented the low percentage of votes President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC got from the region in the 2019 elections.
“The president campaigned in all the five states of the South-east, just like he campaigned in every other state. But what was the return in terms of votes,” he said.
Soyinka: ‘Sowore, Welcome To The Club’ As Nobel Laureate Slams Buhari Regime As Being Paranoid
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says the President Muhammadu
Buhari regime has attained an “unprecedented level of paranoia”
following the charges of treason filed against human rights activist,
In a statement on Saturday, Soyinka said the nation had failed to
learn from past experiences.
He said, “This is utterly depressing news. So, the Sowore affair has
moved beyond harassment and taken on a sinister direction. Outside the
country where I happened to be engaged at the moment, I can testify
that the immediate reaction around me was to dismiss this as yet
another grotesque product of fake news, of which Nigerians have become
the greatest practitioners. I confess that I also joined in this
school of thought – at the start.
“Further checks have however confirmed that this government has indeed
attained an unprecedented level of paranoia. I do not believe that the
justice department itself believes in these improbable charges, as
“So, once again, we inscribe in our annals another season of
treasonable felony. History still guards some lessons we have yet to
digest, much less from which to learn. Welcome to the Club, Mr.
The Buhari regime had on Friday filed seven counts of treasonable
felony and money laundering against Sowore.
The charges were filed a day before the expiration of the detention
order of the Federal High Court in Abuja permitting the Department of
State Services to keep the activist for 45 days.
Ezekwesili reacts to Buhari govt charges against Sowore
Nigerian government on Friday placed a seven-count charge of treasonable felony and money laundering against detained activist and Convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Sowore.
Sowore, a presidential candidate in the February 2019 presidential election was charged along with Olawale Bakare, also known as Mandate.
The charges were signed on behalf of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), by Aminu Alilu, a Chief State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, the Federal Ministry of Justice.
In the charges instituted against the defendants, the prosecution accused Sowore and his co-defendant of committing conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of section 516 of the Criminal Code Act by allegedly staging “a revolution campaign on September 5, 2019 aimed at removing the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The prosecution also accused them of committing the actual offence of reasonable felony in breach of section, 4(1)(c) of the Criminal Code Act, by using the platform of Coalition for Revolution, in August 2019 in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of Nigeria, to stage the #RevolutionNow protest allegedly aimed at removing the President.
Reacting, Ezekwesili on her Twitter page, said the FG might have caged Sowore but they cannot cage his ideas.
She wrote, “We stand on with @YeleSowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of Governance that worries him.
“Mr Sowore’s convening of Citizens to protest Poor Governance – via #RevolutionNow- is Constitutionally guaranteed.Gratitude to his legal team.
“Democracy and Voice are Siamese Twins.The good kind of Siamese Twins. No one regardless of their position is given the right to shut down Voices like @YeleSowore ‘s for daring to disagree.
“How long shall it take before the FG understands the Basics of Democracy?Our FG @NigeriaGov led by @NGRPresident @MBuhari may think they have ‘caged’ @YeleSowore because he dared to challenge Bad Leadership and Poor Governance through #RevolutionNow.
“Not so, actually.His Idea can never be caged. Why?You cannot cage an idea whose time has [email protected] is unconstitutionally and unlawfully detained for calling out deadly incompetence of the @NigeriaGov of @MBuhari
“Not even the Judiciary is spared this spread of deadly incompetence.Here’s the thing. This level of Incompetence is too costly and unsustainable.
“It is painful that @YeleSowore bears the brunt of the collective dissatisfaction of the Citizens of Nigerians toward a grossly incompetent and intolerant @AsoRock.
“We must thank him for once again reminding us that. The Power of the People is greater than the People in Power!
“When the Citizens of Nigeria are ready, neither @YeleSowore nor anyone else need publicly mobilize them and be accused of “wanting to overthrow a government”.
“The Citizens shall on their own rid themselves of a trenchantly incompetent and wicked Political Class.”
Presidency Rejects UN Assessment Of Insecurity In Nigeria
The Nigerian Government has rejected the assessment of the United Nations of the state of insecurity in the country.
The Presidency in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Friday said that the UN Rapporteur on violence in Nigeria was inadequate and does not reflect the true situation in the country, describing it as disappointing.
It said while the government admitted that violence was a challenge, it was equally addressing the issue at all levels in collaboration with state governments.
However, the Presidency argued that any report that left out intra-group violence as a major factor contributing to the general spate of insecurity was unacceptable to the government.
Shehu said, “In Benue, Taraba, Cross River states and many parts of the country, most of the casualties result from intra-group, inter-group and community violence.
“Many of the displaced persons across the nation are also victims of these conflicts.
“Therefore, we are saddened that the rapporteur did not address intra-ethnic conflicts and cattle rustling as key elements in herders/farmers conflicts.”
The Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, in one report this month, said “Nigeria is a pressure cooker of conflicts”, warning that it posed serious danger to the rest of West Africa.
Aside from widespread killings by Boko Haram, she touched on raging banditry, killings by herdsmen over right of access to farmlands, kidnapping and alleged increasing human rights abuses by Nigerian security forces.
Callamard said, “The lack of accountability is on such a scale that pretending this is nothing short of a crisis will be a major mistake.
“If ignored, its ripple effect will spread in the sub-region given the country’s important role on the continent.”
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