Northern leaders must speak up in support of 2023 southern presidency - Southwest APC declares

Northern leaders must speak up in support of 2023 southern presidency - Southwest APC declares

- Southwest APC has appealed to the northern leaders to support the southern part of the country to produce president in 2023

- The zonal chapter of the ruling party made this known on Tuesday, August 11, in Ekiti state

- Karounwi Oladapo, the spokesperson of the zonal party, said the presidency must be returned to the south in the interest of justice

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The southwest chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on northern leaders to give total support for southern Nigeria to produce the president in 2023 in the interest of equity, justice, fairness and stability of the country.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the zonal spokesman of the party, Karounwi Oladapo, made this statement on Tuesday, August 11, in Ado-Ekiti, while commending the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, over his recent support for the return of power to the southern part of the country in 2023.

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Northern leaders must speak up in support of 2023 southern presidency - Southwest APC declares
Northern governors meet President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Villa. Credit: Twitter/Presidency.
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He said: “We will continue to recognise strong voices in support of southern presidency from the northern part of the country until one of our own in the southwest becomes the president in 2023.

“The call for the southern presidency is a patriotic call. The unity and stability of Nigeria come before individuals’ interests. The leadership question should be settled on equity, justice and fairness in 2023 to guarantee peaceful coexistence.

“We encourage other vocal, credible and influential northern figures to speak out and be counted. The call for the southern presidency in 2023 resonates with the northern masses. None of those northern leaders who made the call has been molested by their people. A consensus of opinions of northern leaders is in favour of a power shift to the south, particularly southwest."

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Oladapo said that the zone would continue to recognise and appreciate all voices in support of the agenda which he noted would bring prosperity and development to the nation.

In a similar report, the Anambra state chairman of the apex Igbo social-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Damian Okeke-Ogene, disclosed that the organisation under the leadership of Nnia Nwodo would do everything politically possible to ensure the region produces the next president of Nigeria come 2023 presidential election.

He noted that plans are underway to meet with Yoruba social-cultural organization - Afenifere and others to actualise Igbo presidential dream.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that Governor El-Rufai addressed the rumour that he was planning to contest for president in the 2023 general elections.

It was reported that El-Rufai on Saturday, August 8, in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service, dismissed the speculation that he was aspiring for the presidency.

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He described that rumour about his presidential aspiration as baseless speculation which has been there far back when he served as the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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