- 2023 presidency favours the northern region, this is according to Doyin Okupe
- Okupe said this is because they have a large voting population
- According to him, the north can find common grounds based on religion and language unlike in the south
Doyin Okupe, a senior special assistant on public affairs to a former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has declared that race for 2023 presidency favours the northern part of the country.
The former presidential aide disclosed this in reaction to claim in some quarters that the north would only vote for a candidate who is of northern extraction.
According to Okupe, the odds favour the north because they have a large voting population.
Going further, he highlighted the differences in the south as one big factor why the region cannot be united and take a unified position in the 2023 presidency.
He said, unlike the north where people can find common grounds based on religion and language, the south's story is different.
"SS, SW and SE are majorly distinct sub nationalities with the exception of SS which like NC, are stand-alone tribes or clusters of nationalities.
"For example, a Yoruba presidency has little or no direct benefit to a delta indigene from Warri or an Ijaw from Yenogoa or an Igbo man from Umahia. So even if the leadership of the south can spin off a semblance of political unity, it will be difficult to translate it into votes by the local electorates," he added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that despite the fact that the next election will not come until the next four years, the argument over which zone should produce Buhari’s successor has dominated the Nigerian political discourse.
Anthony Sani, the secretary-general of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), a foremost and influential socio-political group in the northern part of the country.
Sani said the argument in some quarters that it is the turn of the south to produce Nigeria’s president does not hold water just as he noted that zoning is not a constitutional policy but just agreements by political parties.
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