- Bola Tinubu has been urged to shun 2023 presidential race
- The appeal was made by Roland Owie who submitted that southeast deserves the slot based on the zoning arrangement
- According to the former Senate chief whip, southeast should produce the next president for the sake of peace and justice
Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, has been urged to drop the presidential ambition for 2023.
The appeal was made on Wednesday, December 23, by a former lawmaker and Senate chief whip, Roland Owie.
Owie further explained that justice is to allow other regions to produce President Muhammadu Buhari's successor since the zoning arrangement began from the southwest.
Legit.ng notes that conversation on who takes over the mantle of national affairs from Buhari has been gaining more prominence in the political discourse, with groups and individuals throwing supports for their preferred candidates and kinsmen.
Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor, has also been rumoured to be eyeing the country's highest stool, though no official pronouncement has been made from the camp of the APC chieftain.
But while speaking on Wednesday, Owie argued that for the sake of peace and justice, the southeast should be allowed to produce the next president, The Punch reports.
“Bola Tinubu is my friend, but the truth is that where there is no justice, there will not be peace. Zoning started in 1999 and to God be the glory, it started from the South-West and Obasanjo took it and the PDP won.
“If Tinubu knows that Nigeria has peace with this zoning, he should not think of the presidency because if we all agree by 2023 that the presidency should come to the south, it is not to South-West, it is not to South-South, it is to South-East.”
2023: Tinubu's allies launch SWAGA
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Tinubu was given the nods to succeed President Buhari.
This is as his staunch supporters and loyalists met in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Tuesday, December 15, to launch a presidential campaign movement tagged "The South-West Agenda (SWAGA)" for him.
The SWAGA movement, led by former minister of works, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye (Ekiti) and former senator Adesoji Akabi (Oyo), paid a visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
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