Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State has claimed that the Igbos would not be able to secure the presidency by playing the victim and threatening others with secession.
El-Rufai went on to say that politics is all about bargaining and persuading people to vote for you.
As a result, he explained that if the Igbo wish their son to replace the current President, they must take this approach.
The governor made the remarks during a webinar hosted by the Africa Leadership Group. Ituah Ighodalo, Pastor of Trinity House Church hosted the session, titled ‘Developing a Viable Nation 2.
El-Rufai said this while answering a question on why the South-East is being denied Presidency. He said;
“I don’t think anyone has stopped the South-East from going for the Presidency. But you see, you cannot get the Presidency of Nigeria by threats or by shouting victimhood. This is a political process and you have to engage other parts of Nigeria to convince them to support you.
“That is what everyone does. That is what Jonathan did in 2011; that is what Buhari did in 2015 and 2019. That is what every President does. You don’t stay in your corner, abuse everyone in Nigeria and say give me Presidency. It is not going to happen.”
The governor urged those seeking the presidency to go out there and persuade voters that they are in their best interests.
He did, however, point out that the All Progressives Congress is weak in the South-East, which could be detrimental to the area.
El-Rufai added, “Presidency is not by allocation. It is the result of a political process. You join a political party, your party negotiates with other parts of the country and it happens. That is how it is done. And you cannot get it by sitting down or threatening secession. It won’t work.
“I think the South-East is going about it the wrong way because if you look at the APC for instance, we do not have many footprints in the South-East.”