By: Awesome Ekene
Southeast politicians have been called to elect credible leaders across board ahead of the 2023 general elections.
A public affairs analyst and good governance advocate, Chima Christian made the call in Awka on Wednesday, urging the politicians to devote more energy to purposively select leaders closer home.
He argued that the region needed a new breed of political leadership to restore the badly damaged trust between the political elite and the masses.
Chima said there were over 190 electoral seats in the zone to be filled during the 2023 elections, but regretted that almost all conversations towards 2023 were fixated on who became Nigeria’s next president.
According to the political communications consultant, some political positions command more influence than the others.
He said, “I have come to the conclusion that southeast’s 5 governors, 15 senators, 43 federal representatives, and 129 state house of assembly members can impact the southeast better than any president can, even if he/she is the “SI Unit” of good governance or hails from the southeast.
“Of the 192 elective positions in the southeast, only two (Anambra & Imo governorship seats) will not be on the ballot during the 2023 general elections.
“As we spend time plotting on who becomes Nigeria’s next president, or what “zone” he/she hails from, we should devote some, if not more, energy to purposively selecting leaders that are close to home.
“If the southeast does not elect good governors, senators, federal representatives, state house of assembly members, and then local government chairpersons, I’m afraid that even a great president won’t be of much help to us.”