A South Eastern group comprising of young professionals and entrepreneurs from the South Eastern part of the country have added their voice to the on-going debate of who takes over the presidency in 2023.
The group known as Young Easterners For Progressive Governance (YEPG) in a press conference held in Ikeja said that although they would normally prefer the presidency to be zoned to the south east, the reality is that the south west is best position to take over from Buhari in 2023.
In a statement signed by the leader of the group, Kelechi Nwadike, the group said that should the presidency be zoned to the south west, the former governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola would enjoy their unflinching support.
“We are for progress and good governance,” Mr. Nwadike said, “anyone who witnessed Fashola as governor in Lagos will not hesitate to support him to become president. Fashola is no doubt the face of modern Lagos and except for Lateef Jakande, no other governor comes close to achieving what he did in Lagos. And so if the presidency must come to the south west, we are better off supporting a man who has the capacity and will to drive this nation forward.”
Asked whether Fashola is popular with south easterners living outside Lagos, Mr Nwadike responded thus; “People in the south east has never seen a minister committed to the completion of the 2nd Niger bridge as Fashola has done in his time as minister of works. That should be obvious to all. In any case, what do most young south easterners want? They want a country that works for all, that allows them to thrive and to succeed in their country. They know that with Fashola, many of this will be possible.”