Former federal minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe, has stated that the inability of the people of southeast Nigeria to come together under a leadership would hamper their chances of producing a president in 2023.
Ogunlewe stated this on Arise TV’s The Morning Show programme Wednesday.
He said the Igbos of southeast Nigeria must invest in party politics to stand a good chance at the next general election.
“Another set of people that are appropriate, they are the people from the southeast but they have the problem of leadership,” said Ogunlewe, 77, a member of the All Progressives Congress who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019.
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“They are so endowed that they are spread all over Nigeria and they can gather a lot of votes, but they are too divided. An Imo person, an Enugu person, an Ebonyi man will not listen to themselves.
“They have the money. If they sit down and aggregate what they can offer, they have more money than almost everybody in Nigeria. But have you seen one person from the south-east that said ‘I am interested in the presidency, I will start to campaign all over Nigeria immediately, raise money for me?’ and influence the structure of the party?”