A former National Chairman of the defunct Alliance for Democracy, AD, AlhajiAdamu Song, has said that it would be difficult for the electorate in the North to vote for an Igbo candidate during the 2023 presidential election.
Song who is a former National Vice-Chairman of the defunct National Democratic Party, NDP, in an interview with newsmen, said the South East has refused to play the mainstream politics, adding that the political elites in the region have refused to speak up against those calling for the breakup of the country.
According him, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been promoted to the level of God in the region.
“One, I will never belong to the camp that says the North should retain the presidency. That one is out of the question because that is unfairness,” the former acting National Chairman of Progressive People’s Alliance, PPA, and former General Secretary of NUPENG, said.
“However, the region I am sympathetic to has a serious challenge that I do not know how to surmount it. They refused to play the mainstream politics.
“That is the Southeast. Ordinarily, if I am to give presidency, I will give it to the Southeast. But this is politics. Unfortunately again, the political elite from the Southeast are making matters worse by keeping quiet when certain things are happening.
“The only Southeast politician who is vocal and talks like a nationalist is Senator Orji UzorKalu. That is the only person I can single out. The others are either mute or are tacitly supporting what is happening.
“For example, this is Nigeria and we all belong to Nigeria. No doubt there are some inequalities occasioned by certain circumstances. Now, how can you term the country you want to rule as a zoo?
“Yet no one is coming out to counter them even if they believe Nigeria is a zoo. No one is saying the entire zone does not believe so. There is no concrete condemnation of that from the political elite in the Southeast except the Senator I have just mentioned.
“Who is Kanu? That is what I am saying. He has been promoted to the level of God.
“The fact of the matter is: even if they didn’t support him have you forgotten that the most senior Igbo in the government of Jonathan or the government of Buhari in his first term was Ike Ekweremadu?
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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