The former president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife, has ruled out the chance of any Igbo politician winning the presidential election in 2019.
Ikedife said the north has better chance of winning in 2019 as it is widely believed that it is their second term. Punch reports.
He urged any Igbo planning to run for presidency to wait out 2019, claiming that either President Muhammadu Buhari or former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has stronger chance than an Igbo man in the upcoming presidential election.
He said: “I won’t advise any Igbo to pick a form for the presidential race. It’s a waste to do so.
“APGA can go ahead and field any candidate from Igbo to vie for it. It has such an inalienable right to field anybody as its candidate in the election but I don’t know what makes them think that Obiano would win.
“The North has produced a president who has just done one term. But it is becoming a convention that any zone that produces a president does two terms.
“I don’t see why the APC should not want to go for two terms. When the North has had two terms following the convention, the presidency should come to the south, and south east, willy-nilly.
”Ikedife said what was important for the Igbo was “unity, speaking with one voice on national issues.”
He said: “When you know that your country cares for you. What stops you from being patriotic? If a man treats you as a son, the tendency is to see him as a father.” Meanwhile, previously it had been reported that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state expressed the confidence that President Buhari will win the 2019 presidential poll with higher number of votes than he got in the 2015 election.
Speaking at the media awards in Lokoja, the governor said President Buhari’s commitment to the fight against corruption had gained respect nationally and internationally.