Chief Nnia Nwodo, the President-General of Igbo apex socio-political body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has berated Mamman Daura over his comment choice on who becomes Nigeria’s President in 2023 should be based on competence and not “turn-by-turn”.
Nwodo who described the statements as unfortunate said; “The truth is that Mamman Daura is not being a fair judge. Then, he didn’t believe rotation should end. Now that he has tasted power through Buhari, rotation can end and the most qualified/competent can be voted in, dis-countenancing that the South East has never tasted what he is drooling in?”
Daura, had in an interview with BBC Hausa Service on said the most qualified Nigerian should succeed Buhari in 2023, irrespective of the zone such candidate comes from.
President of Ohanaeze reacted through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Emeka Attamah, expressed dissatisfaction with Daura’s comments, noting that it was unfair of him to seek an end to “rotation” after Buhari and the northern region had enjoyed two terms in quick succession.
Nwodo reminded Daura that the law of equity demands that what is good for the goose is good for the gander.
“By the way, who determines the most qualified/competent candidate? Is it as competent as the last one they gave the nation?
“It is indisputably the turn of the South, specifically the South East,” he added.
Malam Mamman Daura, had kicked against the issue of zoning and rotation of the nation’s presidency, arguing that competence, not geography should determine the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
“This turn-by-turn, it was done once, it was done twice, and it was done thrice… It is better for this country to be one…it should be for the most competent and not for someone who comes from somewhere,” he told the BBC Hausa Service in an interview.
Dismissing the clamour for power shift, he said it was time for the country to unite and go for the most competent person to lead the nation.
However, Senator Shehu Sani had accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura of wanting power to remain in the north and beyond.
Sani said that the comment was Daura’s less difficult way of saying that the presidency should remain in the North beyond 2023.
“The translation of ‘No to Zoning’ from Latin to English is ‘That Power should remain in the North of River Jordan’,” Sani wrote.