The executive Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Sunday insisted that the 2023 presidency must come to the Southern part of Nigeria regardless of the circumstances.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain said the North has enjoyed eight years in government, hence they cannot remain in the seat of power after 2023.
Naija News reports that Akeredolu stated this while appealing to Christians across the country to put aside sentiment and religion and focus on the competency of presidential candidates involved in the 2023 race.
According to him, what is important in 2023 was to have a president from the southern part of the country. Akeredolu stressed that he and other stakeholders from the Southern region have fought for the region to regain power and that the struggle must not be in vain.
Akeredele in a statement made available to journalists in Akure over the weekend through his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, said he led his colleagues in the Southern Governors’ Forum to demand a Southern Presidency despite stiff opposition from some quarters.
He urged Nigerians to be positive about the candidacy of former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is holding the APC ticket from the South.
According to him, Tinubu is the ideal candidate because he possesses the knowledge and bravery necessary to meet the nation’s difficulties.
”The North cannot produce President for eight years and still want to retain it for another eight years. It is not going to work. That is why under the Southern Governors’ Forum, where, luckily, God made me the chairman, we kept hammering on that.
“It must come to the South. And when it also got to our party in APC, we fought that it must come to the South.,” Akeredolu said.
I Know That The Christians Are Worried Over Muslim-Muslim Ticket
Akeredolu was quoted as saying on Sunday at the 40th Holy Ghost Convention Dinner of The Sword of the Spirit Ministries held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Agbawo, Ibadan, Oyo State capital, that he was aware of the grievances of the Christians over the Muslim-Muslim ticket of Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
The politician, however, said he and other party stakeholders are also worried too but that it is important to keep religion aside to vote a candidate from the South come 2023.
He said: “I understand our feelings because I’m one of you. I am a Christian. All of us here are worried. What will be our gain, and that, why is my party, the APC throwing up a Muslim/Muslim ticket.
“It has been a real issue for all us. Even members of the party, it has been an issue for us. We have debated it, fought it and we have done so many things on it. I have always said to people, my fight was for Southern President.”