- The political conversation in Nigeria is inching towards 2023 gradually
- The immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, has joined the conversation
- Lawal is of the opinion that the issue of zoning should not arise when it is time to elect President Muhammadu Buhari's successor
The immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, has stated that the issue of zoning should not arise in 2023 when it is time to elect President Muhammadu Buhari's successor.
The Adamawa-born politician who made the assertion in an interview with Daily Sun newspapers, said every part of Nigeria has qualified candidates for the presidency.
According to him, every zone, every state, has capable people that can run Nigeria effectively.
His words: “I am a democrat and I believe every part of Nigeria has qualified candidates for the presidency. Every part of Nigeria!
“Indeed, I don’t see why the… even if it is in the north, if we say the northwest has produced a presidential candidate, the southwest had produced one, I don’t see why the north-central can- not produce or the northeast cannot produce just as south-south, southeast, southwest and even northwest can still produce.
“The constitution doesn’t say it is prohibited. And as I said, I believe every zone, every state, has capable people that can run this country effectively.”
When queried if by his comments, there is no hope for the southerners in 2023, Lawal said: “When I said every area can produce a president, where do you get this conclusion? I just said every part of Nigeria can produce a president, a competent one. I know so many.
“Being a cosmopolitan man, I know Igbos not less than ten that can successfully run this country; I know Yorubas that can do, I know Ijaws that can do, I know Hausas that can do, I know even Kilba. Hey myself, my friend, I can be president of this country.
“I consider myself quite competent to do so from a small tribe of 300,000 people. There are so many such tribes that can produce good, competent leaders all over Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has saluted the courage of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, Bala Mohammed in Bauchi state and Ahmadu Fintiri in Adamawa state for fighting hard to defend the mandate of the people for the opposition party.
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Comrade Frank, a political ally of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, also felicitated with all other PDP governors-elect, senators-elect, House of Representatives members-elect and all the state House of Assembly members-elect across the country.
According to him, by winning more states in the last governorship elections, the PDP is better positioned to clinch the presidential seat in 2023.
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