Nigeria should free itself from the fear of the past by zoning the 2023 presidency slot to the Igbo-dominated South-East, former aviation minister Osita Chidoka has said.
“Nigeria should zone the presidency to the south-east. Nigeria should not let the fears of its past hold it hostage,” Chidoka told Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ on Wednesday.
“The possibility of unlocking the potential of Nigeria stares us in the face; the possibility of building a nation where no man feels oppressed is just before us. We just need to be bold, courageous and honest about our intention of building a country out of this current realities.
“The presidency of the 2023 election should be zoned to the south-east, and I have no apologies about that, and I believe other parts of the Nigeria will reason with us as we progress in this conversation that the time is now.
“For the past 50 years, Nigeria is still dealing with the problems of the past; we need to move away from that, we need to move to a new future, and zoning the presidency to the south-east is the first step in that direction.”
Osita, who contested in the 2017 Anambra governorship election, also said he supports the emergence of a governorship candidate from Anambra south.
“I am not running for the governorship of Anambra state this time around; I am supporting the idea that somebody from Anambra south should be allowed to be the governor but it is up to the electorate; it is up to the party machinery to choose who they want but I want it on the record that I support the idea of zoning in Anambra, as I am supporting it in Nigeria.”