- With less than three years to the next general elections, the race for the 2023 presidency has begun for some
- Some prominent Nigerians have started calls for the next Nigerian president to come from the south
- According to them, the south should be given the opportunity to produce the next Nigerian president
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The race for the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has heightened as some prominent Nigerians have said the south should produce the next Nigerian leader.
According to Vanguard, Nigerians who have drummed support for this call include a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano state, Brig-General Idris Dambazzau, elder statesmen, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, Chief Edwin Clark, and Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo.
Others speaking in a similar manner are Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, former deputy national chairman of the PDP Chief Bode George, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Chief Supo Shonibare, and Senator Femi Okorounmu and the national chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, retd.
It was reported that most south-south leaders agreed that the 2023 presidency should be narrowed to the southeast which, according to them, has never had a taste of the office.
Yakassai while noting that though zoning of presidential candidates to any region was at the discretion of political parties, he added the south should be given the opportunity to produce the next president,
He said: “The APC produced Buhari for second term and by the end of the term, he has completed eight years. So it is ideal for the party to respect and stick to the zoning arrangement on ground and look for a presidential candidate from the South.”
Pa Adebanjo on his part explained that the topic is not debatable as the south should have a shot at the presidency, adding that the question should be were in the south.
Speaking in a similar manner, the former governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, assured that the southern part of Nigeria will produce the next president in 2023.
Yari gave the assurance in a phone chat with a national daily on Sunday, July 19. He further tipped the national chairmanship position of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to go to the north.
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.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a recent report alleging that Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, is nursing a presidential ambition has been dismissed by his spokesperson, Ola Awoniyi.
Awoniyi in a statement on Saturday, July 18, said the report claiming Lawan is intending to contest for the presidency should be regarded as beer parlour gossips.
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