“We all know the truth, they don’t want the South-east. It is not because they don’t know what is right. I only like to point to the fact that they are just deceiving you, all what you are hearing that they (the north) are supporting the South-west is an element of deceit to deprive you to be able to rule. They don’t like anybody,” Adebanjo said of his conversation with Tinubu.
Speaking on the discussion he had with the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sen Bola Ahmed Tinubu whether President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to give him the ticket, Tinubu said yes.
“I told Tinubu himself, not in the paper, face-to-face. You believe this man (Buhari) will make you President? He said yes. I said he want to make you President, he asked (Yemi) Osinbajo to contest? He asked (Kayode) Fayemi to contest, he asked Amosun (Ibikunle) to contest? All in the West, why? He wanted to divide the west first,” Ayo Adebayo said.
“The unfortunate thing is that President Goodluck Jonathan allowed himself to be disgraced by mentioning the fact that he is considering whether to be president. For what? Adebayo asked.
“Now that it is the turn of the South-east, they are propounding a new theory, it must be based on merit and all that. If it is the question of merit, who in the north, all of them…If it is based on merit till today, till kingdom comes, the East alone will produce the president.
“I’m saying all these because the talks is about go and sell yourself, go and campaign, go and lobby, it is all rigmarole. They know the truth. Although, I don’t like all the people that came out from the East. But for the fact that they are saying you have no people, I’m happy you demonstrate that. But go and unite. A house divided against itself will not stand,” Adebanjo said adding that the North doesn’t want to leave power.
“While the South is slugging it out, they will put their candidate up. We can still be together if we have a government that will give autonomy to regional government,” Adebanjo said.
Meanwhile, the president of the Middle Belt Forum, Dr Bitrus Pogu, said someone could be surprised why the North after the monumental failures within this period, will even be contemplating to again want to rule after Buhari.
“It is now time for Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari to rewrite the role he played in 1983 after he overthrew a democratically elected government. It is time for us to ask him, write that wrong. There are some people out there who feels that without terrorizing, they can’t continue to rule and that is unfortunate,” Pogu said adding that it was General Sani Abacha that suggested the presidency should be rotated among the six geo-political zones.
“It was late Gen Sani Abacha that argued that the presidency should rotate among the six geo-political zones to cure the malady of fear of domination. Military incursions do not help the process of nation building in Nigeria,” Pogu said adding that in 1999, the political class was of the consensus that presidential power had to shift to the southern part of the country.
“It was said that due to the tension in the country at that time, such doused the tention. In the collective wisdom of the departing military and the political class, it was agreed that zoning presidential power to the South-west was the most expedient thing to do. At the end of the day, two South westerners in the person of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Chief Olu Falae representing an Alliance of All Peoples Party (APP) and Alliance for Democracy (AD),” Pogu said adding that his northern brothers need to have a rethink.
“For whatever reason they are still talking about the presidency in 2023. We should think twice, Nigerians are not fools,” Pogu said adding that out there in the north, there is a division.
“The insurgents, the killing, the abduction for ransom have opened people’s eyes to know that all is not well. It is only proper that we take this thing to the South and it is the turn of the South east to produce the president,” he said.