We Regret Voting Buhari – South West Leaders Lament

We Regret Voting Buhari – South West Leaders Lament

General Muhammadu Buhari speaks during the presidential primary of the party in Lagos on December 11, 2014. (Photo Credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

A handful of South-West leaders are currently full of regrets for voting President Muhammadu Buhari during the Saturday, March 28, 2015 presidential election.

The aggrieved leaders are unhappy with Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for
tolerating the outcome of National Assembly leadership election, which did not favour the region.

According to them, Buhari’s silence is a serious indication that the zone will not benefit from the administration despite the efforts they made during the elections.

One of the leaders said, “For the fact that the South-West played a key role in the emergence of Buhari as the President, it is expected that they would occupy a more strategic position than the post of vice president.”

They argued that the National Assembly leadership election, which eventually placed the North Central geopolitical zone as a powerful force in the country’s power equation through the emergence of former Kwara governor, Bukola Saraki, as Senate President and Yakubu Dogara from the North-East, has depicted the South-West as not only a weak power bloc in
the equation.

With the power structure now, the South-West as a region has been relegated to the background in the power structure of the country.

Some of the leaders of the region who also participated in the last National Conference argued that since the South-West does not hold any substantial position in the current power structure, the region must re-strategise to assert itself in the politics of the nation.

The group opined that the position of Vice President, which is presently held by a south westerner, does not place the region as a powerful force.

While referring to one of the speeches made by former President Goodluck Jonathan during the campaigns leading up to the 2015 general elections, National Coordinator of Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reform, CODER, Chief Ayo Opadokun, a South-West leader, who spoke to the Nigerian Pilot on Sunday, June 28, 2015 on the current power imbalance, noted that the Yoruba race made a great mistake by not re-electing the former President, considering what he had in stock for the zone.

Opadokun further noted that the implementation of the National Conference report would elevate the standard of the zone, which is the reason people of the South-West should have queued behind the immediate past president.

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