You can’t get Presidency by threatening secession, El-Rufai tells Igbo

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Kaduna Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, although he believes the South the next President, the people of the South-East must note that they cannot get the Presidential seat by threatening others with secession.

El-Rufai further stated that has to do with negotiations and convincing others why they vote for you.

He, therefore, stated that the Igbo would need to adopt this approach if they want son to succeed the current President.

The governor said this during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group. The event which was tagged: ‘Developing a Viable Nation 2’ was hosted by of Trinity church Ituah Ighodalo.

Responding to a question on why the South-East is being denied the Presidency, el-Rufai responded, “I don’t think anyone has stopped the South-East from going for the Presidency. But you see, you cannot get the Presidency of by threats or by shouting victimhood. This is a process and you have to engage parts of to convince them to support you.

“That is what everyone does. That is what Jonathan did in 2011; that is what Buhari did in 2015 and 2019. That is what every President does. You don’t stay in your corner, everyone in and give me Presidency. It is going to happen.”

He noted that region in Nigeria can attain the Presidency without the support of others.

The governor advised those want to be President to get on the and convince people that you mean well for them.

He, however, explained that the All Progressives is weak in the South-East which may favour the region.

El-Rufai added, “Presidency is by allocation. It is the result of a process. You join a party, your party negotiates with parts of the country and it happens. That is how it is done. And you cannot get it by sitting down or threatening secession. It won’t work.

“I think the South-East is going about it the wrong way because if you look at the for instance, we do not have many footprints in the South-East.”