….Says “what have they sown in APC”
…Reveal quickest way Southeast can get power
First republic politician and former Special Adviser to late President Shehu Shagari on National Assembly Matters, Elders Tanko Yakasai has completely dismissed the popular opinions making the round that the ruling All Progress Congress (APC) will zone Presidency to the South East in 2023.
Making the revelation in an interview with our correspondent, Tanko Yakasai also said that Governor Umehi led South East defectors have not invested anything in the APC as much as Asiwaju Tinubu and Southwest people who he said have spent all their times in the party for almost two terms.
Elder Yakasai, who’s also the chairman of comatose Northern Elders Council (NEC) was reacting to the alleged defection of Governor Umahi of Ebonyi State to APC in anticipation that presidency will be zone to South East in 2023.
Responding, the eders stateman said “On your question about the sincerity in zoning presidency to East, from what I read from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, is that Umahi did that in anticipation that APC will zone Presidency to Southeast, but I don’t see it happening that way because Umahi did not invest anything in APC as much as Tinubu did, and as much as Southwest people, who were there in APC for almost two terms now.
“For Umahi to think they can take away and deny the Southwest to produce the candidate in the coming election, despite South West contribution by way of votes and produce juganuts like Tinubu and the vice president Osinbajo, is laughable”, Yakasai.
He also contended that “There are a lot of people in the Southeast that are highly educated but when it comes to calculation, even the mathematicians among them, is found faulty politically.
According to him, “It’s a faulty arithmetic, anticipating Presidency to go to South East in 2023, adding ,“You can’t harvest where did not sow.”
You didn’t sow anything, but at the time of harvest you begin to look for what to harvest. You didn’t put in anything there. This is the kind of political idiolat called political opportunism.”
According to him, “ opportunist never succeed in politics. In politics or any situation, if youre called opportunist, it’s a very bad term. It’s not a good complement at all.”
On agitation for Jonathan to come and do second term and handover to the north, Yakasai said the issue is not about handing over to the North, but to complete second term adding that it is an entitlement of Jonathan from south in line with People’s Democratic party (PDP) zoning arrangements.
Said he, “Throughout history, power is not donated. Power is fought for. Poeple look for power either through persuasion or through conquests.
You can’t sit down and think that people will donate power to you, particularly in a place like Nigeria, a federation of 36 states or accepted to be six geopolitical zones.
“And to think the five zones will surrender their rights to you for whatever reasons, is impossible.
“I always advised our friends, our compatriot from Southeast to seek power by reaching out to other part of country because power comes through balloting through elections.
“People don’t vote on till they’re convinced and therefore you have to tell them why they should support you. Is never donated. And this is what happened.
“Its something you fight for. What happened in 2015 was that a political party zoned the presidency to the north. That was its own policy. Even uptil today there are some political party that run their affairs on zoning.
“Even though the zoning is only a gentleman aggreement, it’s not Constitutional, it’s not legal. “Even when the presidency was zoned to the north in 1999, by PDP, when Obasanjo contested, some northerners contested. I remember, Abubakar Rimi contested.
“So zoning is not legal”, he said.