Richard Ginika Izuora
The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, on Wednesday, July 29, criticised comments credited to Mamman Daura that the choice of who becomes Nigeria’s President in 2023 should be based on competence and not “turn-by-turn”.
Daura had made these comments in an interview with BBC Hausa Service on Tuesday.
He had stated the most qualified Nigerian should succeed Buhari in 2023, irrespective of the zone such a candidate comes from.
“Rotation has been done once, twice and three times. It is important that this nation should be united as one; the most qualified/competent (among aspirants) should be elected; and not someone who comes from a particular zone,” Daura said.
Daura in the interview alluded that since Nigerians have tried the rotational presidency already, it would be better to go for the most qualified candidate in 2023.
But in his reaction, Nwodo, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Emeka Attamah, condemned Daura’s comments.
The Ohanaeze chieftain noted that it was unfair of him to seek an end to “rotation” after Buhari and the northern region had enjoyed two terms in quick succession.
He said, “The truth is that Mamman Daura is not being a fair judge. Then, he didn’t believe rotation should end. Now that he has tasted power through Buhari, rotation can end; and the most qualified/competent can be voted in, dis-countenancing that the South East has never tasted what he is drooling in?”
Nwodo reminded Daura that the law of equity demands that what is good for the goose is good for the gander.
“By the way, who determines the most qualified/competent candidate? Is it as competent as the last one they gave the nation?
“It is indisputably the turn of the South, specifically the South East,” he added.
Similarly, the APC and the PDP have replied Daura’s call for abolishing of the rotational presidency.
The major political parties said that President Buhari’s nephew was only expressing his personal opinion.
According to them, they will make use of zoning at the appropriate time.
The APC’s deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, during a press briefing explained that Daura expressed his opinion which means nothing to the ruling party.
Nabena stressed that just like other political parties; the APC will seat and come up with its own zoning formula ahead of the elections.
He said: “We have different people who have come up with different opinions on this matter. But it is not a big deal. “At the appropriate time; the party will sit and do its zoning formula, just like any other party.”
On its part, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through its deputy national publicity secretary, Diran Odeyemi, pointed out that it appreciates zoning and will make use of it in due time.