- Northern Nigeria is benefitting politically from the mistrust between the southeast and the southwest
- This is why the northern geopolitical zone will continue to produce presidents in the country
- This is the opinion of Shehu Sani, a former senator who represented Kaduna Central
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Shehu Sani, a former Nigerian senator who represented Kaduna Central, has given his opinion on why he believes the north will continue to produce presidents.
Speaking during a morning programme on AIT, Sani said that the north is benefitting politically from the agelong disagreement and mistrust between the southwest and the southeast.
The former federal lawmaker said the truth now is that both southern sub-regions will rather align with the north for power than cooperate with each other to reach a consensus on one presidential candidate ahead of 2023 presidential elections.
He pointed out that the trust deficit and alienation in the south came as offshoots of the Nigerian civil war of 1967 - 1970 and the legacies of past leaders.
Sani made it clear that as long as this continues to be the reality in the nation, the northern geopolitical zone will keep enjoying the whole affair.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Senator Orji Uzor Kalu had come under fierce criticism following a statement attributed to him on the 2023 presidency where he was quoted to have said there was no zoning conflict in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former governor was criticised by a campaigner group, Southeast for President 2023 Movement (SEFORP2023).
In a statement on Tuesday, September 1, the lawmaker was told to “embrace realities” and stop ruling out zoning arrangement for the country's most revered seat in 2023.
Added to this, Ndigbo Lagos had said the zoning of the next leader should be rotated to the southeast geo-political zone and not to any other Igbo speaking zone.
The umbrella body of the Igbo nationality groups disclosed this in a statement signed by its president-general, Gen Obi Umahi (Rtd), on Friday, August 21.
According to Ndigbo Lagos, when it was the turn of other Igbo speaking zones they can seek the office of Nigerian president from where they fall into either south-south or northcentral.
The group went on to note that the 2023 presidency should rotate to the south, adding that those from the southeast geo-political zone should take the slot.
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