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Igbos Should Work For 2023 Presidency – Yakassai

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  • The presidency has never been given to any zone for free. It always comes through voting. I want the South-East to
  • My advice to my Igbo brothers and friends is that they should work hard for it.
  • I will keep saying this: those clamouring for restructuring should tell us exactly the kind of restructuring they want.

Elder statesman, Alhaji Tank Yakassai has said that the Igbos shouldn’t expect the 2023 presidency to be given to them for free.

Yankassai said that though the Igbos deserve to produce a president, they have to, however, work for it.

He said: “The presidency has never been given to any zone for free. It always comes through voting. I want the South-East to have the opportunity to produce the President because the South-West had it in Olusegun Obasanjo. The South- South had in Goodluck Jonathan. The North-West had it in Umaru Yar’Adua and again in Muhammadu Buhari. But the seat or ticket has never been given free of charge. You have to work for it.

“Election is a matter of convincing people and presenting your programmes to them. You tell them how their lives will be better off and all that. In the end, they will settle for the person they believe will impact more on them.

Igbo brothers

“My advice to my Igbo brothers and friends is that they should work hard for it.

“I will keep saying this: those clamouring for restructuring should tell us exactly the kind of restructuring they want. What we used to have is a parliamentary system of government. Now we have the American model or presidential system. Are we going to change from a presidential to a parliamentary system again? They should tell us. I don’t know what the protagonists of this clamour are afraid of.

“If you are suggesting something for 200 million people, is it not fair to come out clean on what exactly you want for them? It is not good to take people for granted.”

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