The northern part of Nigeria deserves to retain the presidency for another four years, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Senate chief whip, Roland Owie, has argued.
Owie made his position known ahead of 2023 when he spoke with journalists in Benin, the capital of Edo state.
According to the political leader, the southeast should be given the chance to govern the country after the north is given a four-year single chance when Buhari finally leaves office in 2023.
Owie argued that the southern part of the country had enjoyed more years in the presidency than the north since the return to democracy in 1999 as a result of the death of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, had taken over after the death of Yar’Adua. He also contested and won the presidential election in 2011 and Owie claims this adds to the time taken by the south.
“Presidency came from the southwest with Obasanjo even though he lost his unit, he lost his booth, he lost his local government and lost the entire zone but he became president of Nigeria and did eight years even though he was trying to take a third term,” he said.
Owie argued that there was wisdom in the constitution planned by late head of state, Sani Abacha, which suggested two vice presidents, one of who should come from the zone of the elected president.
“If we had adopted that his constitution, it means when Yar’Adua died, the vice president from his zone would have taken over, we would not have been where we are today.
“Yar’Adua died and Jonathan took over and finished the remaining years in the tenure and took another four years.
“If there were no greedy leaders, I knew what I said in our south south leaders meeting that Jonathan should allow somebody from the north run for the presidency since age is on his side, (and) that when it rotates back to the south south, he can still run but those who felt that they owned PDP, who were not there when PDP was formed lured the man and pushed him to go for a third term,” he said.
He said when it is calculated with Buhari’s tenure, the north would still have four years, 244 days to complete its own quota of the presidency.
He, however, warned that the northern person to be elected president must be made to sign an undertaking to stay for only four years.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a northern youth group recently advocated power shift to the southern part of the country, after the expiration of President Buhari’s tenure in 2023.
The group, Tinubu North West Ambassadors, also endorsed the presidential aspiration of former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
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