“There is no doubt that the South East and North East have the right to agitation for the presidential seat.
“Because from the records available, the North East and the South East have not been able to provide a President in this country as of today.
“I do believe that these are issues that we must discuss. These are issues that must be taken into consideration as we move into the future. There is no doubt about that.
“But in making requests, we must also realise that we are in a democratic process. And a democratic process requires that as you push for something, you continue to push and at a particular time it will come.
“The northeast feels that they are entitled to the presidency, the southeast feels that they are entitled to the presidency and both are right.”
Okowa also berated Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other southern groups for not limiting their request to a particular zone.
“If PANDEF, Afenifere, Ohaneazi Idigbo and others had insisted that we want the presidency to be zoned to this geo-political zone, it would have been a good request. But the truth is they were just asking for a southern presidency without trying to situate it,” he added.
The Delta State governor continued “but under the circumstances which we find ourselves, the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who is from the northeast got the PDP’s ticket and to a large extent when we win in 2023 that would have situated the presidency to the North East.
“So, as we move forward and the Igbos continue to make their agitation, the time will come when an Igbo man will also become president.”