Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has been advised not to contest the 2023 presidential election.

The advise, from the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) Osita Okechukwu, comes barely a week after the former governor of Lagos State said he would aspire for the exalted position if called upon.

Mr Okechukwu who gave the advise while fielding questions from journalists at the 2021 Eke Day in Abuja on Sunday said it will be petulant for the top politician to contest the next presidential election when the South-East geo-political zone seeks to replace outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari.

He advised Mr Tinubu to rather choose a young politician from the Igbo predominant area and support for the purpose of a united Southern Nigeria.

The VON official said by so doing Tinubu would have wittingly used one stone to kill two birds – unite the APC, unite the South and by extension, the entire country.

Okechukwu Osita, director-general of the Voice of Nigeria.

“If I am consulted by our national leader, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on whether he should run or not for the exalted office of the President of Nigeria in 2023, my candid advice will be that he should use his abundant Almighty God’s endowment to unite the APC and unite the South and by extension our beloved country, by backing a candidate from the southeast,” Mr Okechukwu said.

“It would be unstatesman like for a man like Tinubu to put himself forward at this time that the clamour for a South-East President is the loudest.

“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu should rather pick and support a younger person from the South-East in 2023. By so doing, he would have further written his name in the annals of history,” he added.