- Abdulaziz Yari has declared that the APC will give the southern part of Nigeria the opportunity to rule in 2023
- The former chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, however, refused to mention which of the three sub-regions in the south would get the top job
- For himself, Yari says he has set his sights on the national chairmanship position of the APC
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A former governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, has assured that the southern part of Nigeria will produce the next president in 2023.
The Nation reports on Sunday, July 19 that Yari gave the assurance in a phone chat with the national daily newspaper.
According to the report, Yari further tipped the national chairmanship position of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to go to the north.
“As we have seen the nature of how our presidency will look like, it has to go South. The chairmanship may likely as well come to the North in preparation for that,” Yari said.
However, Yari refused to tip which region exactly in the south will get the presidency. This, he said, is to avoid offending the current leadership of the APC led by Yobe governor Mai Bala Buni's caretaker committee.
The southern region of Nigeria is subdivided into the trio of southwest, southeast and south-south.
On return to civil rule in 1999, the southwest produced Nigeria's first president in Olusegun Obasanjo while the south-south officially produced Goodluck Jonathan, the predecessor of Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 general elections.
The southeast has not held Nigeria's presidency since it became a fully functional office for ruling the country as empowered by the Republican Constitution of 1963.
Yari's words came just after Legit.ng reported that a founding member of the APC, Buba Galadima, said the leadership crisis rocking the party is as a result of the politics of 2023 presidency.
Galadima said the powerplay in the ruling party has huge connection with the ambition of some party chieftains who want to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after his tenure.
According to him, APC national leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu is not the only one eyeing the seat of power in 2023 as he may find himself in the ring with top hierarchy members including Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state.
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