Doyin Okupe, a former aide to Ex-Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan respectively, has given one major reason the North will not support Igbo presidency come 2023.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, Okupe explained that the North are yet to forgive the Igbo over the incidences of 1966 of which one of the high points was the killing of Sardauna of Sokoto in what until today is believed by many people to be an Igbo coup.
The former presidential aide, who has declared his interest to run in the 2023 presidency, pointed out that if the Igbos reach a consensus with the North, in the interest of equity, fairness and national unity, he will shelve his ambition.
“A countrywide consensus for Igbo Presidency can not evolve until the middle north forgives the Igbos for the killing of Sardauna of Sokoto with the aid of Nigerian squaddies of igbo extraction in the 1966 Coup.
“If this consensus emerges, in the interest of equity, equity & countrywide team spirit, I will shelve my ambition & assist whoever is chosen as a candidate by means of my celebration.
“However, inside the event that this countrywide consensus isn’t possible, I WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2023 by way of God’s Grace.
“This is the political Knot only the Igbo leaders must spearhead and with the assist of other nicely meaning Nigerians, remedy with a high degree of humility and political dexterity,” he said.