Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has advised the Igbos to be wary of the promise of the APC government to hand over power to them in 2023, noting that it was dangerous to take the APC government seriously,
Mr. Obasanjo stated this during a stakeholders meeting held at the residence of a former minister of aviation, Mbazuluke Amechi in Ukpor Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra State on Saturday.
The former president reacted to a reported statement credited to the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, who said that the president, Muhammadu Buhari, will hand over power to an Igbo person in 2023 and urged Ndigbo to embrace the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking at the inauguration of the southeast chapter of the Presidential Support Committee in Umuahia, Mr. Mustapha assured Ndigbo that Mr. Buhari did not hate them.
According to him, the shortest route to producing a president of Igbo extraction is by supporting and voting for APC in 2019. He urged them to ensure that.t Mr. Buhari returns in 2019.
This was contrary to the position credited to works and housing minister, Babatunde Fashola, who said that.t Mr. Buhari would hand it over to the Yorubas in 2023.
The minister, at a special town hall meeting on infrastructure organized by the Ministry of Information and Culture and the other ³Sa National Orientation Agency, urged the people of South-West to vote for. r Mr. Buhari in the 2019 elections, to guarantee a return of power to the region in 2023.
Bu.t Mr. Obasanjo, at the event, asked the Igbo leaders across the federation to remain focused and united, saying the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not honor its promise to hand the ver the presidency to an Igbo indigene in 2023.
He urged the Igbo not to allow any person from any part of the county to try to relegate them to the background, noting that the Igbo occupied a place of pre-eminence in the emergence of Nigeria.