- Former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently said it would do Nigeria well to produce an Igbo president
- A former governor of Anambra state, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has reacted to Obasanjo's argument
Former governor of Anambra state, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has revealed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is not an ordinary person.
Ezeife said this in an interview he had with The Punch concerning the 2019 general election that is already heating up the country.
“Obasanjo is not ordinary. There is a story I will tell you: When Obasanjo was in prison, many people were preparing for president, including myself.
“One morning, my wife, Ugoeze, told me that I should not waste my money on this presidency matter and that the issue had been settled.
“I said: ‘What do you mean?’ She said: ‘Obasanjo is going to be president’.
“I exclaimed and said: ‘Obasanjo is in prison’. But she said she saw Abdulsalami Abubakar decorating Obasanjo as president. You can remember that since then, he has been very crucial to whoever becomes president in Nigeria,” he said.
Ezeife recalled how Obasanjo brought out Umaru Yar’Adua to run for president on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Concerning Obasanjo’s interest in an Igbo presidency, Ezeife said: “He (Obasanjo) made (Goodluck) Jonathan run as a south-easterner by virtue of the death of Yar’Adua.
“Even Buhari, Obasanjo had a hand in his emergence and victory. So, it is not easy to just dismiss Obasanjo’s statement, especially as he has good reason.
“He says injustice and marginalisation cause problems among peoples and groups. He didn’t even look at the national level only. He mentioned Ogun state and said Ogun West should have the governorship. It has never had the governorship.
“Obasanjo can father than most of us and I think he appreciates justice,” he said.
The former president had recently said Nigeria should look in the direction of an Igbo president arguing that this would reduce tension and ensure justice.