By Dennis Agbo
Immidate past governor of Enugu state, Mr. Sullivan Chime, has faulted the Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatude Raji Fashola, for assuming that President Buhari will ceed power to south west in 2023.
Chime said that even though time has not come for such argument, equity demands that when power returns to Southern Nigeria, the geopolitical zone that has not produced President in the present democratic dispensation, which he agreed was Southeast, would be the most viable to do that.
He, therefore, said it is ebyond Fashola to pontificate on which zone would automatically get the residency in 2023.
Chime said: “2023 is beyond Fashola, he is just a minister. The party will come out with zonning system. Yoruba has been President and it will go round. Remember we also have three zones in the north. So we will talk about it. South West has been there, South South has been there and its now in the north. One will expect that in 2023 it will come down to the South and when it comes to the south it will go to the zone that has not been President and that is South east.
“Fashola has addressed Yoruba people or the South West, telling them what Buhari did; one would expect him to also come to the South East to also tell us what is happening or what plans they have for us – and I am sure they have.
“So, let us not attack him for talking to his kinsmen, it is one Nigeria; he will come and tell us and he will also go to northern Nigeria and tell them because we expect him to visit all the zones and you know charity begins at home. So, if he has started talking to the South West, let us just wait. Campaign has not started, he will come here and go round.
“Its not time to consider who will be there in 2023. In any case, if we are thinking about going to Abuja in 2023, we should first and foremost do the one thing we are sure about, support this man. We will know that the position will be vacant in 2023, that is the surest way we can know how we will go in 2023.
“Nobody should lie to us, nobody is going to be President for four years, its not true, its not possible.
“Its a straight forward thing but I don’t think it should concern us now, when that time comes, we’ll come up with the argument, we will talk to our people. We can’t do it alone, its a national thing. We’ll talk to our people and give them reasons why it should go to the south east. This is time to talk about 2019.”