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Pressure Mount On Tinubu To Drop 2023 Presidential Ambition



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A call has been made to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to drop his 2023 presidential ambition.

The appeal was made on Wednesday, December 23, by a former lawmaker and Senate chief whip, Roland Owie.

Owie explained that the rational thing is to allow other regions to produce the successor of President Muhammadu Buhari since the zoning arrangement began from the southwest.

The conversation on who succeeds president Buhari has been gaining more prominence in the political discourse, with groups and individuals throwing supports for their preferred candidates and kinsmen.

Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, has also been rumoured to be eyeing the country’s highest stool, though no official pronouncement has been made from the camp of the APC chieftain.

Speaking on Wednesday, Owie argued that for the sake of peace and justice, the southeast should be allowed to produce the next president.

“Bola Tinubu is my friend, but the truth is that where there is no justice, there will not be peace. Zoning started in 1999 and to God be the glory, it started from the South-West and Obasanjo took it and the PDP won.

“If Tinubu knows that Nigeria has peace with this zoning, he should not think of the presidency because if we all agree by 2023 that the presidency should come to the south, it is not to South-West, it is not to South-South, it is to South-East.”

Meanwhile, there are reports that Tinubu has been given the nods to succeed President Buhari. This is as his staunch supporters and loyalists met in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Tuesday, December 15, to launch a presidential campaign movement tagged “The South-West Agenda (SWAGA)” for him.

The SWAGA movement, led by former minister of works, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye (Ekiti) and former senator Adesoji Akabi (Oyo), paid a visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

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