- Senator Abaribe has reportedly said the south should not believe El-Rufai's support for the south presidency
- The Kaduna governor had said he believed the 2023 presidency should be zoned to the south
- Abaribe, the PDP minority leader was also quoted to have tipped Peter Obi and Charles Soludo as Igbo political leaders who could be president
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Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe, the minority leader of the Senate, has reportedly advised the south against believing the statement credited to Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai, over the 2023 presidency, according to Vanguard.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor El-Rufai said that the southern part of the country should produce Nigeria’s next president.
The Kaduna made the statement on Saturday, August 8, in an interview with the BBC Hausa service.
Vanguard, however, reports that the Abaribe said "they want to use Igbo head to break coconut".
Nevertheless, the PDP leader reportedly mentioned some Igbo political leaders such as Peter Obi and Charles Soludo who could be president.
He was also quoted to have said that "only Ndigbo man can weld Nigeria together in unity".
In another report, the minister of labour and productivity, Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige, has said that the 2023 Igbo presidency project was realisable.
The minister said this in an interview with Daily Sun published on Thursday, August 20.
Ngige, however, said he would not want to dwell so much on it since the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, is yet to complete the first half of his second tenure.
Similarly, a coalition of Igbo youth groups and Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) have endorsed two politicians from the southeast for the presidency in 2023.
The groups in a statement after their joint meeting in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi state capital on Saturday, August 15, recommended the minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, and the Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi as the best Igbo candidates to succeed President Buhari.
Also on the 2023 presidency, Yakubu Dogara has finally addressed the rumours linking him with presidential ambition.
Dogara described the rumours as fabrications peddled by the Bauchi state government.
The former speaker said he is only committed to nation-building and restoration of APC glory in Bauchi state.
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