Ahead of the 2023 presidential race, a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Senator Victor Umeh, has thrown his weight behind a South-East candidate.
Umeh noted this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, stressing that it would be an injustice for the South-East region not to produce Nigeria’s President.
The former APGA National Chairman noted that since the country returned to civil rule in 1999, the presidency has been rotated to the South-West, North-West and the South-South regions.
There have been several calls for parties to zone their presidential tickets to the south. Southern governors have also insisted that a president should be selected from the region to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of his eight years tenure.
Senator Umeh, amongst others, are, however, insisting on a president from the South-East region in the coming polls.
“It is an injustice. South-East has never produced President for Nigeria.
“Nobody from the South-East has been President. It is the turn of the South to produce a President now. The way we have shared power over the years, you will see that the South-West has produced a president through Obasanjo democratically for eight years. Now they have the vice president standing out for eight years with Buhari. The South-South has produced President through Jonathan, who has been there for nearly six years.”
When asked if the region is united, the APGA chieftain said the South-East is united in purpose as the easterners will back up an Igbo presidential candidate.