A renowned Igbo newsmaker, a celebrated scholar, astute politician and a social scientist, Professor Udenta Udenta has described any aspirant from southwest and some parts of Nothern Nigeria jostling to contest for the office of the President of the country come 2023 as a politician without conscience.
Prof. Udenta who made this known during an interraction with newsmen said he was particularly suprised that men in the calibre of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar could be running around campaigning for presidency when both are very much aware that their zones had for severy years at one time or the other interchanged as President or vice President respectively, even till date with Osinbajo as vice President.
Udenta who was vividly pained, in an emotionally laden gesture lamented that, how could some people who were assumed to have human conscience continue to pretend as if a section of the country who laboured, sacrified and put in so much for the unity and development of the nation, does not exist.
Continuing, Prof Udenta stated that “for me, there is no way that Obasanjo’s eight years of presidency, Osinbajo eight years of vice presidency should not translate into a clear, visible, unambiguous statement for power to shift to that part of the South that has not experienced this presidential power after all the sacrifices of Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Dr. Ezeife and Alex Ekwueme and the rest of them.
Udenta said “Let me explain few myths to further buttress my bearing, “Falaye and late uncle Bola Ige squared off at the Royal Hotel in Ibadan and Falaye won and became the AD candidate, the same way Obasanjo defeated Ekwueme and emerged as PDP candidate.
However, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife who is alive today, purchased the N1million form of the Alliance for Democracy to participate in that process and won a strong vote of the Southeast and Southsouth of the country, but the expanded meeting of the AD leadership, the National Working Committee (NWC), National Executive Committee (NEC), the caucus of the party, the Board of Trustees, the owners of the party met at the Cultural Centre opposite UTC to decide between Falaye and Ezeife who will be candidate of the party. Our leader who was my father, Arthur Nwankwo actually misfired that day; he knows from his grave that I am not lying, and the Southeast and Southsouth went up in anger, led by Bassey Ekpo Bassey. We had entire North, Southeast and Southsouth with us, Ezeife had beaten Olu Falaye right there in that hall, but After three, four, five hours of robust conversation, they asked Ezeife to step down and he graciously did so and raised the hands of Olu Falaye. That was how Falaye became the candidate of the Party.”
“Therefore, the Southwest of this country should know that they stand morally disqualified to run for the office of the President until the Southeast has taken their turn, and whoever is in the Southwest called by whichever name presenting himself for 2023 Presidential seat, for me, is rapacious, in his appetite and insufferably greedy to seek for the office.” he said.
Explaining further, the Prof stated that the second thing worth noting in the interaction is that he was the founding Secretary for the Alliance for Democracy in 1998 and secretary of the AD/APP Alliance, that the election was between PDP on one flank and AD/APP on another flank, explaining that, that was what caused the faceoff between Falaye and Obasanjo.