Second republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has argued that lack of credible candidates for the 2015 Presidential election, has made it imperative for a candidate of Igbo extraction to stake a claim presidency in 2015.
The chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), who dropped the hint in his keynote address in a dialogue conference organised by a political pressure group, the South-east Forum in Abuja on Tuesday, however urged Ndigbo to forge regional unity amongst themselves ahead of the 2015 Presidential election.
While arguing that Ndigbo stand a bright chance provided they present a nationally electable candidate acceptable to the other geo-political zones, he warned that ethnic group could win election on its own.
“Fortunately for the Igbos, there is no ethnic nationality or region or zone or state that can boast of a candidate with true national appeal ahead of the 2015
Presidential elections that will emerge towards the middle of 2014 perhaps.
“Unlike during the first and the second republic where there was at any time a number of leaders, each of whom, had at least reasonable national appeal, the political system has been destroyed.
This is an opportunity for every section of Nigeria, wishing for the presidency in 2015. The challenge for the Igbos, is to be more realistic and present a candidate who is not only an Igbo-man but more importantly a patriotic Nigeria who understand the negative state of the nation, the root of it and who is credible, experience and capable. “It is also important that Ndigbo present a person who is electable. If you don’t present an electable person, you will find that in spite of the privilege of having to produce the president in view of the zoning formalized by the PDP and practiced by all the political parties before that candidate can win, he must be the right person. If he is not the right person he will not win because no section of the country can win the presidential election alone,” he noted.