2023: Orji Uzor Kalu will Fly Higher than Bola Tinubu – Izuoma Ibe

There is nothing to doubt that the permutations and political calculations are ongoing regarding the 2023 presidential election. Be that as it may, the most beautiful silver lining is that All Progressive Congress (APC) is going to pan out a nationalistic program that will edge higher in the unification of every ethnic nationality, tribes in Nigeria by their insatiable quest to allow power go to the South, not just South but Igbo South, the most starved region of the presidency of Nigeria.

Evidently, at no time in the history of Nigeria has Igbo ruled Nigeria for more than 6 months. That’s worth imagining. Though the appalling revelation, there’s been no other region that has been pro Nigeria than the Igbo right from pre-independence, after independence and after the Civil War and today. The agitation for Biafra is only a reactionary that will be quelled by the election of an Igbo man as President.

As emerging indices points that the APC will be zoning her presidential candidate to the South knowing that it will be unfair and repugnant to natural justice and equity if the North holds on to power. It will be unnationlistic to reside the presidency with the Yoruba South at the expiration of Buhari second tenure.

Check this out, in 1999 Olusegun Obasanjo, a Yoruba Southerner, emerged president paired a Fulani Northerner as Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. After the expiration of their tenure, power went to the North, Yar’Adua was elected paired by an Ijaw Southerner, Goodluck Jonathan. Due to unforeseen occurrences, Jonathan was sworn in to complete the tenure of his demised boss, Yar’Adua and subsequently, he contested in 2011 and that give the Ijaw South the opportunity to rule Nigeria. Notably, his Vice President was a northerner, Namani Sambo. They left power in the hands of the northern again, that’s the current presidency of Mohammed Buhari whose Vice President is from Yoruba South. The Igbo South is yet to preside the affairs of Nigeria. But, this is their time.

Parochial political analyst are of the opinion that President Buhari will definitely support the aspiration and candidature of Bola Tinubu going into the 2023 presidential election, as such, the APC may likely settle for the candidature of Bola Tinubu. But as their opinions goes into the market, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his co-dreamers continue to sink beneath the political schemes of the APC. It is no longer rumour that Tinubu has already formed an alliance on the sidelines waiting to decamp from the APC as things will definitely play against him. This makes him less of a party man.

Three obstacles stand firmly opposed to the Bola Tinubu presidential ambition. These are the Northerners who at different fora had overtly declared their distrust for Tinubu. The Igbo is the second obstacle against Tinubu as there is nothing in his political kettle to negotiate for support from Igbo, he practically has no affiliations with Igbo in any form. Then, Orji Uzor Kalu who is a true Face of Nigeria being immersed in Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba such that if care is not taken, Kalu will defeat Tinubu in Lagos state in a free and fair election. Tinubu can’t find a place above Kalu in an election in the North, South South or South East. It is not by being jagaban, it is by being a political juggernaut, an all rounder and a pan Nigerian. Northerners do not just prefer and support Orji Uzor Kalu for President come 2023, they see him as a man to trust. The Igbo, overtime, believes in Kalu as a strong fighter who will pull them up to national light. The Yoruba understands that Kalu, being an unbaised and detribalized leader will ensure fairness, equity and transparency in governance and will not undermine the federal structure of Nigeria as enshrined in the constituition of the federal republic of Nigeria.

Bola Tinubu will have to sweat to convince the other South and the North that he will not be a Yoruba leader to become President. If he won’t be, why is he fighting to pull of ACN from APC after the merger? Just because he is likely to lose the primaries.

If you can look back to 2006 when Orji Kalu declared his interest to contest under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was met with stiff opposition by Obasanjo. Obasanjo took it personal against him. Kalu being a party man and a democrat was bent on going through the primaries. Obasanjo and those within the party hierarchy, knowing how towering Kalu’s influence could swing the presidential primaries delisted him from the party. He never ran away from the fight. He still went ahead, joined others to form a new party and contested the presidency. Although he came fourth, it was very remarkable.

That if Bola Tinubu is denied the presidential flag of the party will imploded APC is a childish miscalculation. If he opt for an alternative platform to birth his presidential ambition, his ACN, being dominant in Yoruba alone, will not hand him the presidency. It will be a political suicide for him to contemplate switching to PDP because just like Kalu is more APC than Tinubu today, Kalu has been more PDP than Tinubu. It is needless to emphasize that Kalu is more Nigerian than Tinubu.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu is not measurable to Orji Uzor Kalu when put side by side to contest the 2023 presidential election. While Orji Uzor Kalu dug his route an emerged a Nigerian leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu ran circles to emerge a sectional leader.

APC will definitely get it right and Nigeria will applaud them for unifying Nigeria for the first time after the civil war in Nigeria.

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