Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the Nigeria minister of transportation, has asked the Ibos to forget their ambition of becoming the country president in 2023.
The minister say they did not vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 presidential election.
Amaechi said APC got very small vote in the southeast zone of the country during the 2019 presidential election, an action he described as votes against the party.
In an interview with The Sun, Amaechi said there is nothing for the Ibos to place on the table as a negotiating tool for 2023 presidency.
“I don’t know what they will do now for voting against the APC,” he said.
“For refusing to support the APC, they cannot come to the table to demand the presidency slot.
“For people like us in the APC, if the Igbo had come and voted Buhari, they would boldly tell Mr President and the National Chairman of the party that presidency should go the Southeast since the South-south; South-west and North-west have produced president. What argument would the Southeast come up with now to convince anybody that they deserve the slot for 2023 president?”
Amaechi said Ibos are out of the national politics and that is detrimental to their children.
Before the just concluded presidential election, Mr. Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), disclosed that the possibility of Ibos getting the presidential slot is dependent on how they vote in support of Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the country president, who won for a second term in the just concluded presidential election under the umbrella of APC.
Although APC won the 2019 presidential election, Amachi says the party must work hard to reconcile all differences if it must continue to remain a ruling party.
He challenged the party to put in place structures that will bring all party membered together at the federal, state and local government levels.
The minister say, that is the only way to put in place a structure that can sustain the party.