A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim has revealed the only way the Southeast can resort to produce Nigeria’s next president in 2023.
He believes that persuasion of other regions is the only way for the Southeast to produce Nigeria’s next president.
Anyim, on the other hand, pointed out that the Southeast does not have the power to elect the country’s president.
Investors from the Southeast have been advocating for a Nigerian president of Southeast extraction, as revealed by the former SGF at the United for Better Nigeria Initiative National Convention in Abuja over the weekend.
They said that since the advent of democracy in 1999, other areas had dominated Nigeria, and that it is now their turn in 2023.
He said: “Is it right for the South-East to produce the next president? My answer is legally no, and the reason is that the constitution is clear, the constitution says every Nigerian of 40 years is entitled to aspire for that office.
“On the other hand, morally is it right? Is it an entitlement? I will say yes because the federal character principle enshrined in the constitution encourages rotation.
“The reason I have to make this clarification is that when the right you have is not legal, the only approach and the instrument you have is persuasion.
“So the approach, the language will be to persuade others to see reason with you that morally they should support you to take a turn since it rotates.”