The Presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) in the 2015 general elections, Martin Onovo, has commended ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s call for Igbo Presidency in 2019.
The Energy expert turned politician also commended former Head of State, retired Gen. Ibrahim Babangida for his declaration of support for such call.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Onovo disclosed that: “Obj is the most experienced and leader of all politicians across all parties in Nigeria today. He knows a lot more from the experience than many of us.
“Rotational presidency is a Nigerian phenomenon and it is particularly Nigerian.
“We have seen our heterogeneous composition and we have realised that since power is owned by component groups, to create peace for development, to create inclusiveness, it must be rotated.
“There is no state in Nigeria, local government or community where rotation is not going on and power not being rotated. So this is the right thing for Nigeria and Obj is clearly right.
“Also, IBB is also agreeing with that, that he would support Igbos. So, it is very clear that this is the right thing to do and this is what we should do,” Onovo said.
The former presidential candidate expressed strong belief that the South East region would overcome the challenges of marginalisation with a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction.
Obasanjo had while hosting the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ogun Chapter on Tuesday said that the region, in 57 years of independence of the country, had not produced a democratically-elected president.
Obasanjo said that the problem of marginalisation and injustice had been a major source of conflicts in the country.