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'Acting President must not contest in 2019 if Buhari dies,' Doyin Okupe says

Okupe noted that if Osinbajo tries to run in 2019 in the event of Buhari's demise, the north would start a war.

Doyin Okupe 

Doyin Okupe, a former senior special assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan has advised Acting President Yemi Osinbajo not to attempt to vie for the President's office in 2019 if anything bad happens to Muhammadu Buhari.

Okupe said the North is afraid that what played out when after Umaru Yar'Adua's death might repeat itself if Buhari dies.
He said the region felt cheated that Jonathan contested for the President's office and won.
Okupe noted that if Osinbajo tries to run in 2019 in the event of Buhari's demise, the north would start a war.

He attributed the Boko Haram insurgency and other problems Jonathan had during his tenure as the consequences of his action to run for office after Yar'Adua's death.

Okupe, who spoke to the Nigerian Tribune said, "We do not tell each other the truth. The north is afraid; they have the deja vu feeling.
"Because of the situation of the health of President Buhari, they are afraid of the scenario of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua playing itself out again.
"They don’t want that. And nobody should, if they want peace for this country, envisage such.
"In this country, it may not be written in the constitution but once a southerner is president and completes his term, the next president will come from the north and vice versa.
"It is an unwritten constitution that we politicians follow and we ought to honour and respect that arrangement.

"For instance, when you pick a Christian as president, automatically, his vice president would be a Muslim and vice versa.
"These are unwritten laws that we all have an abiding faith in but we had a situation whereby Yar’Adua had a promising eight-year tenure, which was the turn of the north, but he did two years and died and constitutionally, they installed Jonathan, a southerner.

"After completing Yar’Adua’s term, Jonathan, with the support of some of us, went ahead and contested an election, won and by so doing, deprived the north of their legitimate turn.
"All the problems that Jonathan had, including Boko Haram and the kidnap of the Chibok girls, coupled with all the abuses he got that he was clueless, all the difficulties he had in governance were a result of that action.

"The majority of the people in the north felt that they were being cheated and didn’t say anything. It is the same thing that we are facing now.
"People in the north are afraid that such scenario will play out again but they don’t want to talk about it.

"Many people in the south are gloating and wishing that acting President Osinbajo assumes the office or run for presidency after completing the first term with President Buhari.
"No, it can’t work. We cannot punish the north because of an unexpected development in the polity.
"If we have an agreement that this is how we should run our country, neither sickness nor death should cause a violation of that agreement.

"That is where the elites err; rather than talk about it, they want to be deceptive about it.
"The south is being pretentious that they don’t know that such an agreement exists, while the north wants to be deceitful that they have a special answer.

"This is a national problem that needs to be openly discussed by the leaders so as to move the country forward, instead of playing games. You don’t play games with the destiny of Nigerians."


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