- Borno Senator, Ali Ndume, has said the APC will not support a northerner as president in 2023
- The lawmaker said he strongly believes that in the spirit of fairness, equality and justice, a southerner should be president in 2023
- Ndume noted that allowing a northerner again would be tantamount to handing President Buhari a third term
The clamour for a president from the southern part of Nigeria has received a big boost after Mohammed Ali Ndume, the senator representing Borno South threw his weight behind the call.
Ndume made his position known in an interview with Nigerian Tribune which was published on Sunday, August 2.
According to Ndume, it is only proper in the name of equity and justice that the south be allowed to have a turn at the presidency after incumbent Muhammadu Buhari's tenure ends in 2023.
He said: "For APC, it is natural that the president should come from the South and I am a frontline advocate of that because I believe in equity and justice and where there is no equity and justice, there won’t be peace."
Ndume explained further that at the formation of the ruling party, the presidency was zoned to the north and it is only fair that it is zoned to the south next.
"When APC was formed, we zoned the president to the North. That is why four candidates from the North contested and one candidate only from the South-East. No candidate contested from the South-South and the South-West. Only one candidate which was [Rochas] Okorocha and everybody knew then he just wanted to exercise his rights," he said.
The senator noted further that even the APC would not support a president from the north. Allowing a northern presidential candidacy, he said, is equal to a third term for President Buhari.
He added: "This time round in APC, it is only natural for every person of conscience to support a candidate from the South, whether it is South-South, South-East or South-West. To me, in APC, supporting a candidate from the North is tantamount to a third term for Buhari, because the constitution is very clear.
"It says there must be equity in position, even in appointment. My position is known on that. I will not support a northern candidate and I don’t think APC will support a northern candidate. Southern candidate is the way to go."
Legit.ng notes that Ndume's words came just days after Mamman Daura, a nephew to President Buhari and a major influence in his government, caused an uproar after speaking on the 2023 presidency.
Daura, an elder statesman, brushed aside the view that a southern presidency in 2023, saying instead that the best man should be voted in to succeed his kinsman, Buhari.
The presidency, on its part, reacted to Daura's comment on the rotational presidency in the country ahead of the 2023 elections by saying it was his personal opinion, not the stand of the current administration under Buhari.
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