If Tinubu is sworn in as President there will be no Nigeria, says Ezeife
… says Peter Obi won the election overall
Eighty-five year old former governor of Anambra State has warned against going ahead to swear in former Lagos State Governor, Mr Bola Ahmed as the President on May 29, 2023 because of what he termed “the injustice perpetrated” by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the February 25 general election. Ezeife described the results announced by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu as fake while stressing that the Labour Party candidate, Mr Peter Obi won the election but was denied victory.
Ezeife who spoke during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday however said there were positive sides of the election stressing that one of them was assurance to the Igbos that they were accepted by the Southsouth, Southwest and the North as part and parcel of Nigeria. He said the election has shown that there is no need for agitation of Biafra as a separate country outside
“I believe this election has given hope for a new Nigerian… My reading of the election is that Nigerians are one that a new Nigeria is coming.
“The voting is yes to competence, yes to production instead of consumption,” he said while stating that God used Peter Obi’s wide acceptance to assure the Igbos that they can be equal stakeholders in Nigeria.
“If Tinubu is sworn in as President there will be no Nigeria,” he warned.
He said he was not speaking based on the results announced by INEC but what he called the real result based on the choice of the people.
Ezeife who was governor of Anambra State between 1992 and 1993 suggested that leaders should be selected to come together and proffer solution to the logjam. He listed some of such leaders as former President Olusegun Obasanjo, General TY Danjuma, Chief EK Clark, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, some former leaders, former governors and others.
He appealed to the youths to wait for the elders and the present leaders to work out an amicable solution to the problem. He said that if a solution is not found and Tinubu is sworn based on the disputed results by INEC, then the youths would have no choice than to take over their country.
Ezeife stated that Nigeria has shown signs of maturity and oneness and as such should not allow “INEC’s irresponsibility to tear it apart. “I am ashamed as a Nigerian. That is one of the worst shows of Nigerians,” he said of INEC’s handling of the election.
The elder statesman denied the reports that the elite were opposed to Obi presidency stressing that up to 95 percent of elites in the Southeast were in support of Obi who he claimed received over 85 percent votes across all the states of Southeast and Southsouth zones.
“The way INEC went about the election was like Nigeria should break up but the people said otherwise,” Ezeife remarked.
He lambasted some Fulani political leaders for allegedly tampering with the country’s democratic process warning them to desist from doing so or else be held responsible for whatever happens to Nigeria.