- Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe said the north will still continue to rule the country after 2023
- The former minister called for the country to be restructured
- Ogunlewe said the APC has no right to be involved in the National Assembly leadership issue
Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe has said that power will not shift to the south as being speculated and that the north will still continue to rule after 2023.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is expected to end in 2023 and there has been speculation that power will be zoned to the south.
In an interview with vanguard, the chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party said the north still has unexpired four years to go before power will shift to another region.
He said: “So who is going to shift the power that is not talking about restructuring now? When you want to vote, you remember restructuring. Didn’t these people talk about restructuring when they wanted to contest in 2015? Power is staying in the North; there is no way the South can get it. They have four years to go.
“Chief Olusegun Obasanjo spent eight years, Goodluck Jonathan spent six, and late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua spent two. Buhari is spending eight. So the North has an unexpired four years to go. So, they should allow the North to spend another four years for it to balance and then we start again from the South-East. That is the calculation.
“According to the calculations, those in the South anticipating power shift in 2023 are big jokers. They can never get it. You know the problem of the South-West is, If you are a Muslim, and you are coming out, who are you going to pick in the North as a running mate? Where will you get a Christian that would carry all the North along with you? So you have to pick a Muslim!”
On the internal tussle in the All Progressives Congress for National Assembly leadership, Ogunlewe said it was unnecessary as it is more about lobbying that party.
He said: “The tussle is needless. An election has to be conducted and the person who is able to lobby for a position will be voted for. People that are outside don’t seem to know the workings. The workings are simple, you have to negotiate with people to vote for you. If you are contesting an election, you have to promise A, Y, Z some committees, you have to promise a group before they can vote for you. So it is not rocket science at all, it is about lobbying, consultation, and give and take.
“You cannot just say this is the endorsed candidate that is going to lead the Senate then you go and sit-down, not negotiating, such person would surely fail. My take is, let the person that have the best leadership qualities for the 9th Assembly win the Speakership and the Senate President. And the best leader is somebody who can consult and knows the opposition is also important in decision making on the floor.”
Meanwhile, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Friday, April 19, said the growing call for the restructuring of Nigeria will not work.
Emir Sanusi said the line is being used by politicians and elite in the country to manipulate and exploits citizens for their selfish interests.
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