- The issue of power rotation for the presidency is gaining much attention recently
- Many citizens, even those from the north are calling for the south to produce the next president
- One of those who have supported this view is Joe Igbokwe, APC youth leader in Lagos
A leader of youths in Lagos on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Joe Igbokwe, has slammed those who are clamouring for power to remain in the north.
Igbokwe who is also a special adviser to the Lagos state government on water resources said that such Nigerians should throw away the idea of northern presidency come 2023.
The APC stalwart pointed out that Nigeria has an unwritten law that allows power rotation among the geopolitical zones.
Based on this, Igbokwe said that it is time for the southern part of the country to produce a president, The Sun reports.
He noted: "For those who may not know, there is an established understanding that power will continue to rotate between North and South until we build a nation.
"... so, that is where we are, it is not in dispute. It is an unwritten understanding, for the betterment of Nigeria, we have to continue until we learn to understand that."
Igbokwe explained that the support for zoning does not in any way overlook the importance of competence on the part of the candidates for the seat of the president.
He maintained: "The issue of competence is very important and we must understand that there are champions everywhere, will you say the South have no quality persons to stand in the position, even the smallest ethnic group in this country has somebody to present.
"There are champions everywhere and when it comes to the South we will decide where it will go."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Shehu Sani, a former Nigerian senator who represented Kaduna Central, had given his opinion on why he believes the north would continue to produce presidents.
Sani said that the north was 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.
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