A former Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Roland Owie, has urged the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to drop his presidential ambition.
Speaking on Wednesday, the former lawmaker said if APC zones its ticket to the south, then it was the turn of the South-east to produce the president.
According to Owie, zoning since 1999 has been used to produce Nigeria’s president and it should be maintained for the sake of peace.
“Bola Tinubu is my friend, but the truth is that where there is no justice, there will not be peace. Zoning started in 1999 and to God be the glory, it started from the South-West and Obasanjo took it and the PDP won,” he said.
“But for zoning, Obasanjo would not have been president. He ruled for eight years after which it moved to the north with Yar’adua becoming the president. What he did in about two and a half years, a number of presidents did not do.
“The current president has not done 10 per cent of what Yar’adua did. His tenure was truncated because when God calls nobody can say no.
“President Jonathan finished Yar’adua tenure and then did another four years which means the southern part of Nigeria has done over 14 years. When Buhari finishes his regime by 2023, the north will still have four years.
“If Tinubu knows that Nigeria has peace with this zoning, he should not think of the presidency because if we all agree by 2023 that the presidency should come to the south, it is not to South-West, it is not to South-South, it is to South-East.”