On 2023 Southern Presidency

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Plans are afoot to ensure that the core Northern Muslims occupy seat of power for a long time by coming hard on possible southern presidential hopefuls to fully implement some agenda to the latter. Away from the hippy, colourful and the bold fronts displayed by some gladiators on camera; the road to the Aso Villa is no picnic. To penetrate this seemingly impervious circle takes more than aggression and brash-talking. It takes a soldiered determination and extraordinary courage to willfully climb a ladder that others avoided for fear of falling and breaking their necks.

2023 southern presidency as sold during the run-up to the presidential election will approximate as the smartest scam ever played out in the political history of Nigeria unless the geo-political zones that make up the southern protectorate strike a mutual understanding and form a united alliance to dismantle the present imbalance in political arrangement. Aside the Lord Lugard inspired creation of Nigeria political system, the 2019 PVC geo-political chart ultimately awards the presidency to the North on a platter of diamond. In the new PVC geometric distribution pyramid, a southern candidate will have to swim in many rivers of alliances and beg the northern oligarchs to wear the crown. A northern candidate needs little effort to take the mantle against a southern competitor.

Igbo and Yoruba are brothers from the same parents (under the umbrella of one Nigeria) and should not allow some Fulani cabal to divide their peaceful co-existence over the years because of their political interests. Disunity between the two ethnic nationalities in a cosmopolitan city like Lagos (which is a microcosm of Nigeria) will spiral to other places easily and give political advantage to the Fulanis to perpetuate power.

The game plan is to plant a seed of discord between the two southern brothers so as to split their votes and frustrate any possible alliances in the likely event of the ruling party hitting the rocks in the build up to 2023 (The Lagos camp might pull out of the legacy parties if they are frustrated). The split which will enable the plotters to enthrone any of the two already prepared Fulani heavyweights; a Northwest serving governor and a North East former Presidential watchdog and unity among the southern geo-political zones is the only way to frustrate the plan.

Nigeria’s democracy can only thrive in an environment of a fully restructured political and electoral system where the decision at the ballot speaks more than that at the collation centre.

Agada Ikechuckwu bishopagada@yahoo.com

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