- Former member of the Senate, Shehu Sani, has replied Governor El-Rufai over his comments on zoning arrangement ahead 2023 general elections
- Governor El-Rufai had said that the zoning arrangement must be abandoned in favour of competence
- In his reactions, Senator Sani said it would be ungrateful for the north to hold on to power after 2023
The senator who represented Kaduna central during the 8th National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has lambasted those mooting the idea of the north holding on to power beyond 2023.
The Nation reports that he said the north would be ungrateful if it fails to relinquish power to south after President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term.
Legit.ng gathered that Sani who was reacting to Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s recent call for abolition of power rotation, said it would be unfair after eight years, for north to hold grip of power in Nigeria.
Governor El-Rufai had made a case for abandonment of zoning arrangements for political offices, saying the arrangements needed to be de-emphasised and ultimately abandoned in favour of competence.
He said Nigeria could not afford to continue on the same path of zoning positions based on regions or origins, describing the zoning of political offices as a barrier to political equality.
Reacting to El-Rufai's comment when he paid Sallah homage to the first executive governor of old Kadun state, Balarabe Musa, on Monday, August 12, Sani stated categorically that southerners, particularly the southwest, did everything possible to ensure Buhari emerged in 2015.
According to him, "It is an act of ingratitude for any northerner to think that by 2023, he or she should aspire for office in the view of the fact that southerners, particularly the southwest did everything possible to support the northern candidate to emerge as the president in 2015.
“We have not forgotten that president Buhari had contested three times without becoming president and on the fourth time, with the support of people from the south, he emerged the president of the country. It would be unfair after eight years, for us to think of continuing to hold the grip and levers of power in Nigeria.”
He added after President Buhari, power needs to rotate to the south, adding that the southwest helped the north to be where it is today.
"You can’t talk of competency when you have not produced an Igbo president. Are they not Nigerians? You cannot continue to punish them for the offense which they are not architect of? That is my view," he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former governor of Anambra state, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, it is the right of the people of the southeast to produce the next president of Nigeria.
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