By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has backed the South East zone to produce the president of the country in 2023.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu, in an interview with The PUNCH, on Sunday, said she supports the call for the South East to produce the next president.
Zoning of the presidency has continued to be a point of debate across the country. While some think the North can continue with power after eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s, others think power should shift to the South.
But Anyanwu-Akeredolu said there should be no ambiguity or controversy about which zone should produce the next president.
She said: “Let me tell you, I am an Igbo girl. Where my people are that is where I am. I support the call for the South East to produce the next President of Nigeria.”
Anyanwu-Akeredolu, who is vying for the Imo East senatorial seat, said her husband being a governor will not affect her aspiration to become a senator.
“You know that the mistake that people make is that they are saying that after being first lady, she wants to be senator. Look at our people’s mentality. I am saying that Emeabiam is a forgotten community and somebody is telling me that I am a first lady. Because I feel that’s not how governance should be. Governance is about people caring for the well-being of people without exception. Roads bring development. At the school in my community, there are no English, Mathematics and Chemistry teachers. How can that community progress. You find out that what we have is circular poverty, generation to generation. The children cannot get the education they deserve. Without education the community cannot progress, I cannot be the First Lady for eight years and I will be known by cosmetics,” she said.
The first lady, however, said she will not leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) if she fails to pick the senatorial ticket.
“I am a wife of a two- time governor of the APC (All Progressives Congress). He is the Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum. I won’t leave the APC. I will remain in the APC whether I get the party ticket or not,” she said.