- Another prominent northern APC chieftain has weighed in on the 2023 presidency debate
- Sahabi Danladi Mahuta, APC leader in Kebbi state, said power should return to the south in 2023 after eight years of northern presidency
- Mahuta, however, said the vice presidential candidate must be a northern Muslim as religion will also play a big role in the political permutations
Sahabi Danladi Mahuta, a prominent chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kebbi state and Islamic scholar, has said it is ideal to zone the 2023 presidency to the south, ThisDay reported.
Mahuta, however, notes that once it is agreed that power should return to the south, the religious factor will also come into play.
The APC chieftain, therefore, stated that if the south produces a Christian presidential candidate, the north will produce a Muslim running mate to the candidate.
He further explained that even if the south produces a Muslim presidential candidate, the north will still lean towards producing a Muslim running mate.
Two serious presidential contenders from southwest
The APC chieftain further mentioned two popular southern politicians who can be considered for the number one seat in 2023.
These are the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the governor of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
He said the two are the known gladiators from the southwest who are seen as serious possible contenders.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, advised the leadership of the ruling APC to respect and honour the agreement reached at the formative stage of the party for zoning to take place.
Fashola reiterated there was an agreement on zoning, which should be honoured in the next general elections.
However, contrary to Fashola's call for the rotation of the presidency among the geo-political zones in Nigeria, the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has said the zoning process among political parties would not solve the economic problems facing the country.
El-Rufai suggested that “everyone should be given an equal opportunity” to run for office, and not based on ethnicity.
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