The Tinubu Support Group under the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal has advised the APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, to appointment a northerner as the Director General (DG).
This was part of the recommendations made by the group’s members of Planning and Strategy Committee.
This was contained in the recommendations contained in the committee’s report which it titled, ‘Report on the Actualisation of the Presidency of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the Coming 2023 General Election.’
It also recommended the zoning of leadership seats in the National Assembly and the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The committee’s 23 members signed the document with the exception of a former EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu.
“It is advised that the DG emerges from the northern part of the country,” read part of the document.
The report continues, “Qualities of a DG: seasoned and grassroots mobiliser; a good orator; must not be a contestant for any elective position in the forthcoming election to avoid distractions; a team player; non-confrontational; must be well abreast with national politics; passion loyalty and deep commitment for the project.
“The committee further recommends in consonance with organogram as prepared by the Organogram and Technical Committee that gender balance should be strongly considered for the position of Deputy DG’s North or South.”
“In response to addressing the key positions, their religion and the likely public backlash that might arise, these recommendations were given for balance: Also, our principal should hold consultations with religious leaders and stakeholders across the society.
“President, South-West; Vice-President, North-East; Senate President, North-West; Speaker, South-East; Deputy Senate President, South-South; Deputy Speaker, North-East; SGF, North-Central; APC Chairman, North-Central; Chief of Staff (to the President), subject to Mr. President’s decision.”
On the other hand, the apex body of the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has denied endorsing Tinubu for 2023.
The Secretary-General of the group, Okechukwu Isiguzoro said in a statement that What was misinterpreted as an endorsement was a clarion call for a change in the attitudes of the APC South East, governors and senators, whose activities de-marketed the South East in the APC primaries.
He noted that Ndigbo was ashamed to admit that an APC South East Governor, who led APC to their defeats in Edo and Anambra governorship elections, spearheaded the aspiration of a North East aspirant against South East aspirants in APC primary.
According to Isiguzoro, Ndigbo will officially declare openly the candidate who is entitled to Igbo votes in 2023, “but for now there is no endorsement of any presidential candidate.”