Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for the South-east geo-political zone to be allowed to have a shot at the presidency. The criminally marginalised zone has not produced a president sinceÂ Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999.
Obasanjo, who spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State, said giving the Southeast a chance to produce a president would address the injustice and imbalance in the federal structure which has been the basis for the agitations for self determination on the part of the Igbo.
The zone has been the hotbed of agitation against political and infrastructural marginalisation. While the South-west, North and the South-south geo-political zones had produced presidents of Nigeria at different times, only the southeast zone is yet to taste the presidency with tales of woes in terms of federal appointments, dilapidated federal infrastructure in the zone and recent mass murders of Biafra agitators by federal troops.
Obasanjo said injustice and marginalisation were the triggers of Â conflict along ethnic and regional lines.
He said his desire for a just and fair country informed his efforts towards the emergence of a president from the South-south geo-political zone of the country in 2011 .
He said it was his personal conviction that the South-east should be giving a chance to lead the nation.
â€śIrrespective of the thinking of the people ahead of 2019, I personally think that South-east should have a go at the Presidency too”, he said.
â€śThe same is happening here. If Ijebu and Egba have produced the Governor, it is only fair and just to allow the Yewa or Ogun West to also produce governor. Or else, one day, they will also stand up and take up arms against this injustice against them. That is my personally position on this,â€ť the ex- President said.