By Codratus Godson
A group in the All Progressives Congress (APC) says it has totally agreed with Gov Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State that the presidency must this time move to the South East if national harmony and equity still had any meaning in Nigeria.
The national coordinator of the South-East APC Integrity Group (SEAPCIG), Chinedu-Jideo Ogbuagu (PhD), who is also the president of the Marine Club of Nigeria (MCN), this would be a natural thing after President Muhammadu Buhari (a Northern Nigerian) has completed his second and final four-year presidential term.
Ogbuagu from Enugu State is one of the early holders of a Distinction (HND, 1981) in Shipping and Masters in Transport Management (1982); International Shipping (1983), and Shipping & Trade (1986), before going ahead to obtain a Doctorate degree in Maritime Policy (1988). He wrote for globally rated but specialized publications such as Lloyd’s List, Shipping World, and Shipbuilder in the UK, but hit career heights as Consultant to UNCTAD where he advised 77 3rdworld countries and developed Cardifff Free Port, and developed the NMA that is now NIMASA. Ogbuagu as the president of Marine Club of Nigeria is pursuing the establishment of a maritime hub in Nigeria to rule West Africa. He is also consultant to Martime Academy, Oron.
The international expert believed to be the brain behind the blueprint that established Dubai development concept which was obtained from the UNCTAD has submitted numerous propositions on how to turn Nigeria into a marine hub and create an economy outside oil.
The expert said: “Gov El-Rufai, being a reasonable and morally upright man, knows that rotation of presidential power between South and North has become an established convention since 1999, and that after President Buhari has served out the North’s turn from 2015 to 2023, it must be the turn of the South to produce president from 29th May 2023.
“But we must go further to state that presidential power must not only shift to the South in 2023 but must be zoned to the South-East. That is because on the two previous occasions since 1999 that presidential power rotated to the South, South-West (President Olusegun Obasanjo) and South-South (President Goodluck Jonathan) took the South’s turns, both supported heavily by the South-East.”
In 2023, Ogbuagu said, South-East must not only produce president of Nigeria, ‘South-East APC Integrity Group’ wants a South-Easterner to become president of Nigeria on APC platform – the PDP having exhausted its goodwill in the South-East in particular and the South in general.
He went on: “On our part as a strategic, advocacy and pressure group within APC, ‘South-East APC Integrity Group’ has – since immediately following 2019 general elections – been strategizing and pushing for sanitization, popularity and rapid growth of APC in the South-East.
“In good time before 2023, ‘South-East APC Integrity Group’ wants South-East to have more APC card-carrying members than any other geopolitical zone in Nigeria. And with the massive support of the other five geopolitical zones, a South-Easterner will become president of Nigeria in 2023, thereby ensuring justice, peace and continued oneness of Nigeria.
“With a South-Easterner as president of Nigeria from 29th May 2023, we also foresee outstanding governance of Nigeria and prosperity for all Nigerians.”
He debunked the argument of groups in the APC that the South-East can only expect presidential slot in the PDP, arguing that the rotational agreement was not just in one political party but a national understanding to restore harmony in Nigeria.