2023: Igbo Presidency Not Guaranteed, North Will Run – Gulak


Former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters, Ahmed Ali Gulak, has said said the call for Igbo presidency is not guaranteed constitionally.

Speaking to The Sun, Gulak said zoning was not in the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Gulak, who was the chairman of the Imo state governorship and National Assembly primary for the APC, has said only the ruling party can decide who flies the party’s flag.

He said: “It does not matter to me because I am a realist and I don’t believe in this dichotomy of North, South.

“I will support whoever that is there and give him the opportunity to serve out his term. Some people claimed that for political balancing the APC should give the presidential ticket to the Southeast, but such zoning and rotation is not written in our constitution.

“I can also tell you that zoning is not written in the constitutions of most big parties in Nigeria.

“For many persons like me, it does not matter who rules or where the next president comes from. What matters is whether the country is faring better, united and whether every part is getting its own fair share.

“We must learn to treat individuals for what they are and who they are. If an Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa or Fulani will rule and treat the country fairly, I don’t have problem. Anywhere we can get somebody credible, sincere and who believes in the country, I am okay with it.

“The supporters want Tinubu, El-Rufai, Amaechi, Kingibe, Fayemi, Adamu Bello to be president in 2023, but those are their views.

“When the time comes, the parties will decide who flies their flag in the primaries while Nigerians will decide who becomes their president in 2023 after President Buhari.”