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The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, said any attempt to deny the South-East the presidency in 2023 is a gang-up against the region dominated by Igbo.
Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, in a chat with Sunday Vanguard, said those opposed to Igbo President are discriminatory against the region.
The statement was interpreted in many politically informed circles to mean that the group may not back a Yoruba aspirant for the nation’s highest office in 2023.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, are believed to be main contenders in the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari from the South-West while Senator Pius Anyim and Governor Dave Umahi among others from the South-East and also eyeing Aso Rock Villa..
Whereas Tinubu has publicly declared his ambition, Osinbajo is said to be considering running against his mentor who was single handedly responsible for his nomination to run as deputy to Buhari first in 2015 and later in 2019.
Adebanjo said: “If there is anything like power shift in Nigeria, it should go to the South-East. There is doubt about that, any other thing is just gang-up.
“There should not be any argument about that because the South-West has gotten it, the North has gotten, South-South has gotten it. You want the Igbo to remain in Nigeria but you want to discriminate against them.
“There should be no argument about where power should shift to, it should go to the South-East. Any other thing is gang-up.”
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says its members who endorsed Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the presidency, spoke for themselves.
During a meeting on Sunday, Ya’u Haruna, a former chairman of the Jigawa chapter of MACBAN, had said the welfare of members of the association will improve with Tinubu as president in 2023.
Haruna had said Tinubu, when he was governor of Lagos, intervened and resolved an issue that involved the association when it had a crisis in Benue.
“Tinubu came all the way, got us on a roundtable and reconciled us. So, someone who could do this at that time, we believe, can do more when he is at the helm of affairs,” he had said.
Speaking on the development in a statement issued on Wednesday, Baba Ngelzarma, MACBAN national secretary, said the association has not endorsed any presidential aspirant.
According to NAN, Ngelzarma added that the association doesn’t wish to be dragged into such political matters at this time.
“The attention of the MACBAN National Headquarters has been drawn to stories in the media claiming that we have endorsed the presidential aspiration of Sen. Ahmed Tinubu,” the statement reads.
“We want to make it clear that the association has not endorsed any candidate.
“Those who endorsed Tinubu are doing so as individuals, as MACBAN should not in any way be dragged into the politics of endorsement at this stage.”
On January 10, Tinubu said he had informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to run for president.
Tinubu, who spoke after a closed-door meeting with Buhari, had added that he was still consulting stakeholders on the matter.