- Ambassador Yahaya Kwande has noted that the north should produce the next president of Nigeria
- According to Nigeria’s former ambassador, the PDP should zone the presidency to the north in 2023
- Kwande said that zoning was an arrangement made by parties to address some political issues in the country
Amid talks of who will take over from Muhammadu Buhari as the next president, Ambassador Yahaya Kwande, a chieftain of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has proposed that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) zone the presidency to the north in 2023.
Nigerian Tribunes reports that the former ambassador to Switzerland explained that though zoning isn't back the constitution, it was an internal arrangement by political parties to address some issues Nigeria was facing.
Ambassador Kwande speaking to the newspaper publication in Jos went on to state that PDP started the zoning to pacify the south aftr the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election.
According to him, former President Goodluck Jonathan deprived the north of the opportunity to complete its eight years after he contested the election in 2011.
It would be recalled that the PDP disclosed that it has not yet decided where to zone its presidential ticket in 2023 as the conversation on succession takes the centre stage.
The PDP national spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this known while reacting to the projected defection of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi from the opposition blocks.
Speaking on Arise TV’s on Monday, November 16, Ologbondiyan disclosed that Umahi's reasons for proposed defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) over 2023 presidency are genuine.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ohanaeze reacted to Dave Umahi's planned defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the socio-political group warning the Ebonyi state governor not to jeopardise the chances of Igbo presidency in 2023.
Igboayaka O. Igboayaka who is the national president of Ohanaeze said Umahi is free to pitch tent with another party, adding that the southeast region cannot put their eggs in the same basket all the time.
He, however, stated that the governor's defection to the ruling block should not put the chance of Igbo presidency in jeopardy.
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