The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has attacked former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, saying that he is not a presidential material.
The statement was made by its National Publicity Secretary, Alex Ogbonnia while reacting to a remark by the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP.
It will be recalled that the former Kano Governor said South East was politically immature to produce Nigeria’s President in 2023.
He had said that the presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi would have to be his running mate and not the other way around.
Reacting to Kwankwaso’s comment, Ogbonnia said the NNPP presidential candidate lacked the competence to assess the Igbos.
He insisted that the Igbos were long prepared to produce Nigeria’s President.
He added that anybody that had done well in business, and lived in other parts of the country, can rule Nigeria.
He said: “Kwankwaso’s description is unfortunate. He does not know Igbo and lacks the capacity to assess its people. Such a comment is not expected of a presidential candidate.
“As far as I know, Igbo have been the pillar that has helped this country to survive so far. He should know that any person who can do well in business and live in any part of the country can succeed as president.
“Kwankwaso cannot be said to be the best material the country can have when issues of the presidency are discussed. Except for our parochial nature and the kind of politics we have in Nigeria, I do not think that our competence should be in doubt at any time.”