Politics

2023: Yahaya Bello Lacks Conscience And Principle – Ohanaeze

In response to Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello’s comment on rotational Presidency, it has been reported that Ohanaeze, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization has stated that Yahaya lacks conscience and principle.

Yahaya Bello had earlier stated that, there should be no need for rotational presidency, and so people should be allowed to make their choices.

However, Ohanaeze has made it known in a statement that, “there is no doubt that Bello has a date with destiny going by a smooth political ascendancy that life has presented to him.”

The statement added that,  “Yahaya is embarking on a political adventure that lacks both conscience and principle.”

Ohanaeze stated that, “Governor Bello was still a student, studying accountancy at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria when an agreement was reached between the North and the South with respect to Rotational Presidency.”

The group added that, “The meeting was held at the National University Commission Conference Centre, Abuja in 1998. Dr.Chuba Okadigbo spoke on behalf of the South while Alh. Abubakar Rimi spoke for the North. The likes of Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Chief Solomon Lar, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, etc were at the meeting.”

They disclosed that, “The Nigerian statesmen examined the merits and demerits of zoning and rotation of power between the composite zones in Nigeria. In the end, it was resolved that the presidency be conceded to the South and that it would rotate between the South and the North in the interest of equity, unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.”

The statement stressed that, “the foregoing was the basis for the emergence of presidential candidates of the mainstream political parties from the South West in1999. Since then, the patriotic and peace-loving Nigerians have adhered to the rotation principle such that at the end of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s second tenure, President Musa Yar’Adua was elected; Goodluck Jonathan and then President Muhammadu Buhari.”

According to further reports, Ohanaeze disclosed that the Southern Governors resolved in the Lagos meeting that the South should produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023, based on the criteria stated above

The group further warn Yahaya Bello to support the resolution by his southern colleagues; more so as “he is still young, adding that, “morality is the universal foundation of Laws. On the other hand, law should be seen to stand in defence of morality.”

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