Power-shift to south in 2023, non-negotiable - APC chieftain

Power-shift to south in 2023, non-negotiable - APC chieftain

- Ahmed Lawal, organising secretary of APC in Adamawa, asked his party to rotate power to southern Nigeria in 2023 for the spirit of equity and harmony

- Lawal said the power shift must become a stabilising principle so that no region will feel relegated and oppressed politically

- The organising secretary, however, urged the party to reorganise itself to be able to manage its victory well

Ahmed Lawal, organising secretary of APC in Adamawa, on Sunday, April 7, insisted that power must shift to the southern part of Nigeria in 2023.

Lawal made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola. He stressed the need to demonstrate fairness in the polity, adding that the southern part of Nigeria supported the northern part to retain power for eight years.

He advised the APC to ensure power rotation in 2023 to enhance national cohesion, rejecting comments from those he called “some selfish northern politicians” intent on shortchanging the south in the scheme of power play.

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The organising secretary said the proponents of power retention in the north are selfish as they cannot claim to be speaking for the entire north.

Lawal said: “We must rotate power to southern Nigeria for the spirit of equity, fairness and harmony. As far as Nigerian unity is concerned, power shift must become a stabilising principle so that no region will feel relegated and oppressed politically.

“It was instructive that our political leaders sought support from southerners while APC was mobilising during 2015 election.

''It is glaring that they cooperated well as no southern APC politician contested the primary election during 2015 and even in 2019. If we want to be fair to them, let’s allow them to have a feel of power come 2023.

''It is also instructive that those singing northern power retention cannot speak for the north because they are not authorized.

''As you can see some of them who claim to be members of the APC, worked against the party in the just concluded governorship election to build up PDP to be able to achieve their sinister agenda.''

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He advised APC members at all levels to ensure they addressed internal squabbles emanating from the just concluded elections with the view to repositioning the party for future elections.

He also advised the party to reorganise itself to be able to manage its victory well, saying that victory can be more difficult to manage than failure.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Second Republic member of House of Representatives, Junaid Mohammed, said the north will present a candidate for 2023 presidential election, stressing that zoning and rotation of power have collapsed.

Mohammed said henceforth, any region with the political strength can claim the coveted position.

According to him, zoning and rotation has been a tragedy for Nigeria because it can deprive the country of getting a better leader.

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