IGBOS DO NOT NEED THE VICE PRESIDENCY, GIVE IT TO THE MUMUYE!
Several well-intentioned but politically naive Igbos are clamoring for an Igbo Vice President. Under our Presidential System, the Vice President is a ceremonial position.
Any political observer should remember how Vice President Pastor Yemi Osinbajo was locked out of National Security Meetings by President Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari. During Buhari’s visits to the London Hospital for Unknown Illnesses, Osinbajo was declared a Coordinator and not an Acting President.
The Igbos need to head strategic ministries such as Works, Power and Housing, Defense, Interior, Finance, Petroleum, and Transport.
A Mumuye has not held any strategic position in Nigeria and the PDP giving the VP position to a Mumuye will signal the new politics of inclusion. Nigeria does not belong to Hausa-Fulanis, Igbos, and Yorubas, there are over two hundred other tribes.
Africastallestman hopes Igbos won’t complain when the ministries of Works, Power and Housing, Defense, Interior, Finance, Petroleum, and Transport are handed to the Hausa-Fulanis and Yorubas.
Must the Vice President be Igbo? A Vice President of Nigeria does not guarantee you the Presidency. No one expects Osinbajo to be President. Peter Obi is qualified to be Vice President but his treatment of MASSOB and IPOB does not indicate that he will advance Igbo interests.
Obi was at loggerheads with MASSOB and IPOB. Without MASSOB and IPOB, Obi will never have been picked by Atiku. His selection is a slap on Igbo self-determination.
He did well as a Governor vis-à-vis other Governors in the corrupt Nigerian political landscape, but he still has questions to answer about the security votes. He came third as Obaze in the last Anambra Gubernatorial Election behind APGA and APC.
Africastallestman gives him credit for understanding the political psyche of Nigerians and exploiting it through sophistic lectures and exaggerated qualifications.
Tinubu still controls the South West despite leaving office 12 years ago. The “elevation” of Peter Obi is a bait to get the Igbo votes and continue to deny Igbos any relevance at the National Political level.
If Alhaji Atiku Abubakar insists on making an Igbo, a ceremonial Vice President, the choice of Peter Obi will ensure that the Igbos will dump the PDP in the next electoral cycle, assuming Atiku wins in 2019. Peter Obi’s hypocritical and holier-than-thou attitude will alienate the Igbos.
If Alhaji Atiku Abubakar wants an Igbo Vice President, there are better choices. If he chooses Peter Obi, the future of the PDP continuing as an Igbo-centric party after 2019 is indeed bleak. Peter Obi is a boon to other tribes but a doom to Igbos.
For the politically uneducated Igbos, thinking that an Igbo Vice President means an Igbo President as his successor should ask, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Alhaji Mohammed Namadi Sambo, if they succeeded their bosses.
It is not too late for Atiku to retrace his steps and choose another Igbo.
All said, an Atiku-Obi combination is preferable to a Buhari-God combination.
Africastallestman is surveying the political landscape from his perch on the mahogany tree.