Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has urged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to field presidential candidates from the South-East.
The Governor reminded Nigerians of how the tension in the South-West was quelled when all major political parties zoned the presidency to the region.
He said the current tension in the South-East can be quelled if the region produces Nigeria’s next president.
He said: “I know that in the South East today, we desire to produce the president of Nigeria but we will not do it alone. We need the other political zones and other political parties to work with us.
“If you recall, in 1999, after the annulment of June 12 election, it was the decision of the national political leadership of Nigeria that the South-West produced the President.
“Part of what cooled the tension in the Southwest was allowing them to produce the President and then, there were two leading political parties. Both political parties worked internally to produce two presidential candidates that came from the South West. That meant that whichever party that won the election, the President would have come from the South West.
“Now, the situation is repeating itself. There’s a national sympathy for South-East to produce the president and what will make it work is for the two ruling political parties to produce candidates from the South-East.
“Let PDP and APC also produce candidates from the South East. That way, we would have decentralized this power-sharing in a manner that it has become all-inclusive and justice and equity would have been seen to be done,” Uzodimma appealed