2023: Let’s concentrate on best Nigerian not zone- Esele -GCFRNG
Governors have been urged to focus more on the best Nigerian to compete and emerge as the country’s president rather than the area or region the candidate comes from.
Peter Esele, former president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), revealed this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Wednesday in Benin.
He was talking about the recent turmoil by state governors and other politicians over the country’s president’s zoning.
Esele said that the actions and concerns of state governors should be more in what will strengthen and bring development to the country taking into account recent events.
According to him: One would have expected that the governors would not agree on what services to render to the people and not the distraction of where the next president should come from.
“It is not my ethnic group that the next president will produce. I am a member of the APC and I know that politics is not played that way.
“This is how you kill a country, because what you have now are governors of the north and the south indirectly by commission or omission dividing this country into republics of the north and south of Nigeria.
“These governors have not come together in the South to say that this is a roadmap to security that we must adopt and implement for the security of our region, just like the governors of the North.
“What they’re always fighting about is, it’s my turn, it’s your turn. They have turned Nigeria into a PLC step by step, ”he said.
The former president of the TUC pointed out that, in general, the disagreement between governors must be in the provision of services to the people who elected them.
“What we have now is which party will bring a president from which region, and that is the most backward way of thinking.
“At its core, this battle is not for the common man, but for a certain clique in both regions fighting for how to gain access to the nation’s community.
“What we want is a president for Nigeria, not a president for northern Nigeria or southern Nigeria.
“The next president can be from anyone of this background, but he must see us all as Nigerians, not of tribal or religious origin,” he said.
He also lamented the lack of respect for the Nigerian constitution by political leaders.
He pointed out that, for example, the issue of federal character in appointments has been relegated by elected political leaders in the country.
He explained that although the constitution was not perfect, as there was no constitution in the world that was perfect, it should be seen that people respected it.
“This is because if the constitution is respected, it is easier for us to manage it.
“As weak as people say this constitution is, if we practice what it contains to the best of our ability, you will find that, to some extent, it can take us to the next level,” said Esele.