Pete Edochie, a veteran Nollywood actor, stated on Friday that Bola Tinubu, one of the APC’s presidential candidates, is too elderly and feeble to run in 2023.
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, is also the party’s national head.
However, the actor pointed out that Tinubu had been in power for a long period before becoming the APC’s leader.
The actor stated this in an interview with BBC Igbo on Friday, emphasizing that Tinubu should go so that younger and healthier people can take his place.
The Nollywood actress, who expressed concern about Igbo political marginalization, stated that Igbo, Hausa, and Yoruba are Nigeria’s three primary ethnic groupings, noting that only once in Nigeria’s history has an Igbo individual served as the country’s head of state.
Edochie, who called the Igbo people as resilient, believes that an Igbo leader is the answer to Nigeria’s socioeconomic and political problems, emphasizing that Nigeria requires their innovation and solid leadership.
“Many people like Tinubu are too old and too weak to run for president. He (Tinubu) has been in power for a long time until he was made the leader of the APC.”
“But he should leave the position for those who are younger and healthier. Let’s be honest.”
“Igbo, Hausa, and Yoruba are the major ethnic groups in Nigeria. Only once in the history of Nigeria has it emerged that an Igbo person became the head of state in Nigeria.”
“That was (former military head of state) Aguiyi Ironsi during the military government, and his headship was short-lived. Since then, the North and the Yoruba have been sharing power between themselves; apart from Goodluck Jonathan, who isn’t even Igbo.”
“Why has power not returned to the Igbo people? Is there a plot by the political elites to sideline the South-East? I’ve lived in the North. I speak Hausa. But it’s long overdue for Nigeria to have a leader of Igbo extraction.”
“The problem in Nigeria is greed. Leadership is dominated by northerners, but, 60 years after independence, we’ve not ended the electricity problem.”