Elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai, has expressed concerns over the controversies in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, about which region will produce Nigeria’s president in 2013.
Yakasai believed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in a pole position to bear the party’s flag come 2023.
We recall that the APC had promised the South West and the South East the 2023 presidency.
Yakasai told Sun that promises like this should not be made a campaign issue.
He explained that “With the Vice President coming from the South West, certainly, it is impossible for anybody from that zone to promise the South East that they would soon get to power. By the nature of our politics, it is expected that if a presidential candidate wins the election, his running mate would naturally be the next presidential candidate for the party.
“If that is the case, we cannot argue that the slot can go to the South East and the South West; it is not possible. It is a clear cut deception and I don’t think that people in high places should deal with the matter of election on the basis of deception.
“It should not even be a campaign issue because there is precedence in the country such that where the principal has completed his tenure, the second in command would be the natural presidential candidate for the party in the next round of election.
“Therefore, anything to the contrary is a clear case of deception which is coming from the leadership of the APC.
“Deception is done deliberately and the motive behind any form of deception is to cheat.
“Anybody who goes out of his way to deceive, his intention is to cheat the people that he is deceiving.”