The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, has refuted claims linking it with the presidential ambition of some southwest politicians in 2023.
The group in a statement by its publicity secretary, Yinka Oguntimehin, on Monday, submitted that what Nigeria needs to be better is not for any of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu, and Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi to emerge as the next president.
According to the OPC, whoever succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 will not make much difference without the restructuring of the country, hence the group persisted that what Nigeria needs is restructuring.
The OPC, in their statement, advocates the country to adopt the 1963 constitution which allows each region to develop at its own pace.
Oguntimehin made the submission while distancing the OPC from an alleged mega accord of 57 civil society groups rooting for a southwest presidential candidate.
The OPC said it’s not a political group nor is it mobilizing for any politician or party and those dropping its name are only out to defraud members of the public.
“We are aware that when elections are approaching, some politicians usually use the OPC’s name to carry favour.
“There are some groups that are affiliates of political parties that usually make themselves available for politicians as at when due,” Oguntimehin said in the statement.
He added that even with an angel in charge of Nigeria, without restructuring Nigeria may not make any meaningful progress.
“When anything happens in Yorubaland, you don’t hear their voices, except during elections or when they are paid to issue statements against us.
“Even if an angel emerges as the president of this nation today, without restructuring, nothing will change for the better.
“Our position on the future of Nigeria is clearly stated in our belief in restructuring. That is why we root for regionalism as the best option for peace and stability,” the statement added.