- A former minister of transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope has given his thoughts on the 2023 presidency
- The highly respected PDP Board of Trustees member, is of the opinion that another northerner may likely succeed President Buhari
- Babatope based his prediction on the fact that the ruling APC constitution does not recognise zoning
A former minister for transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has predicted that another northerner may likely succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Babatope who is also a member of the Peoples Democratic Party's Board of Trustees stated this in an interview with Daily Sun newspaper.
The former minister noted that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have zoning in its constitution.
He said APC members from the southern part of the country clamouring for power shift within the party are more or less wasting their time.
His words: “Those APC members from the south that are saying that zoning should not be scrapped, and that it should be the turn of the south in 2023 don’t know is that APC doesn’t have zoning in its constitution.
“El-Rufai, and others who share his views in APC who are from the north may capitalize on this, and this may lead to a situation whereby it is anothernortherner that APC may field as the party’s presidential candidate in 2023.
“So, for those APC members clamouring for the south to have the presidency in 2023, it may be an illusion.”
Speaking on which region he thinks should produce the next president, Babatope said it should go to the southeast.
“I believe that we should consider the southeast for the presidency in 2023.I believe that the Igbo should have it in 2023.
“If we are running a balanced federation, the southeast should have it in 2023. But this is my own personal opinion.
“It is the party that will decide, and as a loyal party man, I will abide by whatever decision the party takes on the issue,” he said.
Meanwhile, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied reports suggesting he has joined the 2023 presidential race.
The former governor of Ogun state was reacting to the circulation of his purported presidential posters on social media.
In a statement sent to journalists by his spokesman, Alhaji Bola Adeyemi, Senator Amosun said it belies logic that such a move would be his preoccupation at the moment, “when indeed I have not spent a year in my current assignment as the senator representing Ogun Central District.”
He stated that anyone nursing a presidential ambition at the moment is an enemy of Nigeria and “does not desire any good for Mr President.”
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