rotation is divisive – Olavepo-Hashim

rotation is divisive – Olavepo-Hashim

The 2019 general election presidential candidate Gbenga Olavepo-Hashim said a change in presidency in 2023 would be counterproductive to politics.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the businessman, who said the rotation would not promote national unity and development, added that the country needs a good president of any region who is willing and able to promote social and economic development.

Those who want power must build a national platform and build a national consensus to support their agenda, he said.

Nigeria needs a president who will unite the country, guarantee it, and transform its economy from an underdeveloped economy to a modern productive economy.

According to the business tycoon, the prospective president “should not be based on tribe, religion or region, but on the ability to support inclusive socio-economic development and provide sustainable employment for the highly unemployed in Nigeria.”

Olavepo-Hashim stressed that “Nigerians from all sides are always ready to vote for a good president when they see him,” recalling that without the zone in 1993, the late leader Moshud Abiola received votes from Kano against Alhaji Bashir Tof. his main enemy, which comes from Kano.
He also recalled that in 1999, “despite the fact that in the south-west of the country, where President Olusegun Obasanjo is based, he was not voted for, he still became president based on the votes of six regions.

Olavepo-Hashim said: “Thus, the discussion of the division of the presidential power into zones is a false story, causing divisions and hostile to national development.”

He noted that the notion “it depends on the US president” forces leaders to take responsibility for fleeing, because when asked, the so-called ethnic base and voters gather to say “you cannot touch our man, because now our turn” .

Olavepo-Hashim added: “This phenomenon is dangerous to national unity, cohesion and national development, and more importantly, the outgoing president is a common deviation from the current theme of the transfer of authority and the decentralization of power from a hyper-centralized center. to the federal states of Nigeria.

“Nigeria would not become a just and equal federation simply because the southerner has overwhelming power in the center.

“It will be fairer and more effective when powers are transferred to a greater extent to the states, regardless of who holds the presidency.

“Most of the people who talked about how Obasanjo, a southerner from the south, became president in 1999, were not part of the NDP. These are questions of oversimplification. I was one of the PDP contributors in 1998. I know the appropriate context for what has been done. It’s not that other people from other areas don’t dispute Obasanjo. Alhaji Rimi challenged him in 1999 with Cano; See also Dr. Alex Equueme.

“In 2003, the leader of the North, Barnabas Gemadeh, challenged President Obasanjo. The same is with Bukhari in 2015. The leader of the southeast, Rochas Okorocha challenged him.

“The emergence of this or that leader or presidential candidate at any time is usually the result of intense horse exchanges, negotiations and deals, rather than zoning in a particular region.”

He said those who want power should create a national platform and build a national consensus to support their agenda.

Source: – Vanguard


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