Sunday, 5 June 2022

APC Zoning Of Presidency To The South And The Conspiracy Theory


The recent news that the APC governors from the North and northern presidential candidates have whole heartedly thrown their weight behind the rotation of power to the South and have asked that it should only be Southern candidates that should stand in for the primaries, is one news that should come with so much applause and encomiums on the President Muhammadu Buhari Presidency, our brothers and sisters from the North in APC and the APC as a party for acknowledging the need for power to move down South in 2023 after President Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner and Muslim must have ruled for 8 years.

Having watched the PDP greedily and for the sake of dollars, flout this peaceful unwritten agreement of power rotation that has kept Nigeria fairly United over the years and stoped us from sliding into uncontrollable anachy like in the case of Mali, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sudan etc., every southerner today should be commending this patriotic zeal of President Buhari, APC Northern governors and compatriots; than weave any conspiracy theory.

The attempt by some southerners and people from the Middle Belt region of the country to weave a conspiracy theory that the support of the South in APC   by  Northern governors and president Buhari  is to enable Atiku Abubakar  of the PDP win the 2023 election so as to keep power in the North, is not only a political propaganda peddled by agents of PDP to curry favor from southerners for their party, having seen the reality of a total collapse of their party very soon in Southern Nigeria through this APC patriotic gesture, as against their misadventure in giving their ticket to  Atiku Abubakar , but an acute display of inferiority complex by this set of Southerners and Middle Belters who sees themselves as so inferior which creates a believe that nobody from the South can win election in Nigeria against Atiku Abubakar,  forgetting that in 1993, MKO Abiola won Alhaji Tofa; in 2003, President Olusegun Obasanjo won President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; in 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan won President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. 

So, the mentality and theory  that no southerner can contest elections with Atiku Abubakar and win him which has no statistical or empirical backup, is one theory I do not understand because the highest votes Atiku Abubakar has ever got in a presidential election was in 2019 when he contested against President Muhammadu Buhari, a co-northerner,  where he got about 12million votes, and his major support base that gave him most of this votes was Southern Nigeria.

When Atiku Abubakar contested against President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003 when and where he could not get southern votes, what was the result? When he contested against President Goodluck Jonathan  in 2011 when and where he could not get southern votes, what was the result? What then tells this set of inferior minded southerners that if we all queue behind any Southern candidate in 2023 with the support of critical northern stakeholders who understands the need for power to return to South, that Atiku Abubakar can win the 2023 election?

Southern Nigeria must sincerely thank President Muhammadu Buhari and APC Northern governors for standing by justice, equity, equality and fairness in supporting power return to South after President Buhari's eight years tenure. We must stand firm and support any of our own that emerges APC presidential candidate to become the next president of Nigeria.

For those who will come to deceive you that 2023 should be about competence and not where the President comes from, tell them that we are not lacking competent leaders in Southern Nigeria. Remind them that Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 election because the sentiment that time was that it was right for power to go to North. If they push further to talk about competence and competent leadership, tell them that in terms of leadership performance, Atiku Abubakar cannot be compared to Yemi Osinbajo, David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Peter Obi etc. Atiku Abubakar has never at any level independently head any government  so as to measure his political/administrative competence.

In conclusion,  I want us all to know that African democracies have always been in trouble when we refused to acknowledge the plurality of our nature in terms of ethnicity and religion and when one group tries to Lord over others.

Ekpenyong Isaiah-isababa
Commander, Infantry Pen Battallion