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2023: Presidency Should Go To South – Shekarau Tells Northern Govs

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Former Governor of Kano State, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, has backed the call for the Presidency to move to the South in 2023.

Naija News reports that the South Governors had on two occasions demanded that the 2023 presidency should go to the Southern region of the country.

But the Northern Governors at a meeting in Kaduna last month rejected the idea of a southern presidency in 2023, claiming the demand is unconstitutional.

In an interview with Channels Television on Monday, Shekarau stated that it would be unfair for another Northern to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

The Senator representing Kano Central in the National Assembly stated that zoning the 2023 Presidency to the South is the best thing to do in the interest of justice and fairness and to give “a sense of belonging” to the region.

Shekarau, however, condemned the South Governors for demanding that the presidency must come to the South, saying that the governors have no right to make such a demand.

The former minister asked the governors to rather dialogue and lobby their Northern colleagues in order to make their wish come true.

He also berated the Northern governors for saying that the demand of their Southern counterparts is unconstitutional, asking them to thread with caution.

He said, “As far as the party I belong is concerned, the APC, my proposal is that now that President Buhari is from the northern part of the country and (after) he has done his eight years, let beam the searchlight to the southern part of Nigeria, not because we don’t have competent people in the north…that does not mean you are throwing away the issue of competence, credibility and so on.

“While I agree we should go for the best and therefore throw it open, regardless of which part of the country, but we must also be mindful of the aspect of the sense of belonging. We must be mindful of perception, to give some sense of belonging to every part of Nigeria.

“Where I disagree with the Southern Governors is coming together to gang up to say it must be our turn. I think this is purely a party affair.

“We must not do this at the point of threat, that it must be me, it must be he, we need to come together. This is more of a political party issue.

“My point of disagreement with the gang up groups like the Southern Governors is coming to gang up to say it must be our time, this is wrong, it is purely (a) party issue and the political parties should go into the boardrooms and sort this issue out themselves.

“Today, the Southern Governors gang up, tomorrow, another group would gang up and say it must be us. Governors are very prominent people in the scheme of things, they are leaders, so, they must be careful coming together to make some pronouncement that would amount to instigating the general public to take a stand and see it as a regional fight.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.