Barr Emma Ibediro, who is the Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and National Organising Secretary from the South-East geopolitical zone, on Tuesday said that Igbo presidency is not a right.
He made these statement in Abuja during an interview with journalists, adding that Igbo presidency will only exist when stakeholders from the region cooperate with the party to convince the rest of Nigerians.
His full statement: “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 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. 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. 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 the population of members of APC and check the population of Nigerians, you will see that we are even less than five per cent. So, we are talking about a president that will be a president of Nigeria, not a president of APC.”