Kokori, a former secretary-general of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), warned that any attempt by the leadership of APC to zone its presidency to the North would be suicidal.
Speaking to our correspondent from his Ovu country home in Delta State, he was unequivocal in his denunciation of the clandestine move to dump zoning, warning that enough is enough of issues that could further polarise and create inequalities among Nigerians.
“If Nigeria of today were to be Nigeria of those days where people don’t talk about tribalism and all those things, it would have been better, but now people talk about ethnicity and all those things.
“The present government actually made it worst by being very ethnically inclined and I think that is the reason this debate is very hot.
“Obviously, by equity and justice, it should be in the South. I believe it should be in the South. It will be suicidal if it goes to the North again.
“This is the first time the southern governors have started realising that the North has been taking the South for granted.
“I, as a patriot and a freedom fighter and a hero of democracy, I think enough is enough. The presidency should be in the South and that is my opinion,” he said. He alleged that the current presidency has already laid a foundation of nepotism and inequality among Nigerians such that it could no longer be trusted.
“Because the presidency was too nepotistic. They give all the positions, including the whole security positions, to the North. All the strategic positions are in the North which is very unfair to the South. It has never been done that way.
“Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and Umaru Yar’Adua never did it. Buhari doing it amazes me. He is running the country so one-sidedly and I am beginning to believe this lamentation that some people have been making for a long time and this is the last thing I want for my country,” he added.
He urged the governors from the South to remain resolute in their quest for southern presidency in 2023.