(Iheanyi Ezinwo) – The sitting Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Omahi, on Wednesday informed the leadership of the party that brought him to the limelight, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of his decision to jump ship – to the All Progressives Congress.
To some, the announcement was a surprise. How ever, other political watchers, who were not surprised, argued that the Ebonyi governor’s spirit had left the PDP long ago, and that, by the announcement, Umahi was merely fulfilling all righteousness, to enable him physically and formally move to the party of his dream.
This initiative of Umahi, according to analysts, is an indication that the gods might be looking in the direction of Igbo’s after all as President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor. This strategic move of Governor sends a message that that is similar to the ‘body language’ of Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s minister of transportation, who recently declared that he is an Igboman, from Ikwerre, in Rivers State.
The message that is being gleaned from the emerging drama is that, whilst other political parties may be undecided on where the next president of Nigeria will come from, the All Progressives Congress, APC, appears focused on having an Igboman or woman fly their flag in the 2023 presidential election.
President Buhari would write his name in gold if he gives Igbos the necessary support to produce a Nigerian president in 2023, because it will fault the claim in some quarters that there is a deliberate conspiracy against the Igbos in Nigeria. If it becomes a reality, an Ugboman or woman leading Nigeria will give people from that part of Nigeria a sense of belonging – as equal stakeholders in project Nigeria.
The idea appears to be timely because it is only the south east that is yet to produce the president of Nigeria in the country’s recent history. South South produced Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, and was there for six years. He handed over power to President Buhari.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, from Ogun State, south west Nigeria, had earlier ruled as president of Nigeria for eight years (1999 to 2007). In the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is is serving for eight years as Vice President of Nigeria. It is therefore only fair that the south east be supported to produce the next president of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, political observers, who spoke with Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt, believe that the emergence if an Igboman or woman as President Buhari’s successor would deliver substantial justice to the south east, and also make Nigerians to forget some of the alleged divisive actions of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Be that as it may, if pushed through, Nigerian president of Igbo extraction would also serve as a priced legacy of the Buhari administration. Although uncertainties characterize politics, there are bright prospects of the next president of Nigeria coming from Igboland, and the chances may be magnified if the Igbo’s can close ranks and support one of their own to contend for the hot seat in 2023.
Iheanyi Ezinwo, is the founder of Notable Outcome.