Doyin Okupe, a former aide to Ex-Presidents, Olusegun
Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan respectively, has given
one major reason the North will not support Igbo presidency
In a series of tweets on Saturday, Okupe explained that the
North are yet to forgive the Igbo over the incidences of
1966 of which one of the high points was the killing of
Sardauna of Sokoto in what until today is believed by many
people to be an Igbo coup.
The former presidential aide, who has declared his interest
to run in the 2023 presidency, pointed out that if the Igbos
reach a consensus with the North, in the interest of equity,
fairness and national unity, he will shelve his ambition.
“A national consensus for Igbo Presidency cannot evolve
until the core north forgives the Igbos for the killing of
Sardauna of Sokoto by Nigerian soldiers of igbo extraction
in the 1966 Coup.
“If this consensus emerges, in the interest of equity,
fairness & national unity, I will shelve my ambition & support
whoever is chosen as a candidate by my party.
“However, in the event that this national consensus is not
achievable, I WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2023 by God’s
“This is the political Knot only the Igbo leaders must
spearhead and with the support of other well meaning
Nigerians, resolve with a high level of humility and political
dexterity,” he said.