Your son can’t become President by threatening secession, El-Rufai tells Igbo people

The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has said the people of South-eastern Nigeria needs to change their strategy if they want to become President of Nigeria and stop threatening others with secession.

El-Rufai who spoke during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group opined that although he believes the South should produce the next President, the people of the South-East must note that they cannot get the Presidential seat by threatening others with secession.

He stated further that politics has to do with negotiations and convincing others why they should vote for you and therefore advised that the Igbo would need to adopt this approach if they want their son to succeed the current President.

El-Rufai while responding to a question on why the South-East is being denied the Presidency said: “I don’t think anyone has stopped the South-East from going for the Presidency. But you see, you cannot get the Presidency of Nigeria by threats or by shouting victimhood. This is a political process and you have to engage other parts of Nigeria to convince them to support you.

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“That is what everyone does. That is what Jonathan did in 2011; that is what Buhari did in 2015 and 2019. That is what every President does. You don’t stay in your corner, abuse everyone in Nigeria and say give me Presidency. It is not going to happen.

He noted that no region in Nigeria can attain the Presidency without the support of other regions.

He, however, explained that the All Progressives Congress is weak in the South-East which may not favour the region.

He said: “Presidency is not by allocation. It is the result of a political process. You join a political party, your party negotiates with other parts of the country and it happens. That is how it is done. And you cannot get it by sitting down or threatening secession. It won’t work.

“I think the South-East is going about it the wrong way because if you look at the APC for instance, we do not have many footprints in the South-East.”

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