"It is evident that there is no vacancy in every state we have visited. This is because we trying to sell a national product (Jonathan) and not a local product." - Dahlatu Tafida. Icheoku says whether Pesident Jonathan is 'Nigeria's consensus candidate or a marketable national product' is irrelevant to the issue of the forthcoming general election 2011. The election has to first hold and the winner thereafter fill the vacancy that shall exist by then notwithstanding the wishes of Anenih and Tafida or even Jonathan. As the Ivory Coast example has shown majority of African leaders most always do not want to leave office voluntarily as they prefer to rather die in office than to concede power. Anyway something must give way come 2011 - either Jonathan defiantly runs against standing gentleman's agreement of the PDP which will help unify Nigeria in a way, provided those northern mallams accepts his victory; or Atiku is elected to satisfy those northern hegemony who do not want to let go of the cash-cow of Nigeria.
But to just foreclose the election by these arrogant utterances is anathema to the current effort by Nigerians and INEC's Jega to entrench elected democracy in Nigeria. But were Icheoku to advise President Jonathan, he should be smart enough to read the handwriting on the wall and wait for South-south turn when the presidency will be handed over to him on a platter. But mistaking the opportunity as God-sent will boomerang on the minorities of Nigeria and by extension affect the chances Igbo southeast might have securing an Igbo presidency of Nigeria in 2015. But is anyone looking at the big picture or just the myopic opportunity presented to Jonathan through Umaru Yar'Adua's demise. Lastly, Icheoku debunks both Anthony Anenih and Dahlatu Tafida for speaking above their pay-grade and hereby reinstate that Aso Rock shall be vacant by the scheduled election 2011 and insha allah, a northern shall be elected to fulfill and complete the northern term and thereafter Igbos will get their shot at the presidency come 2015.