- A northern political group, AMI, has revealed why power should be shifted to the south in 2023
- The group said that it would be unfair to the south if north retains the presidency after President Buhari's tenure
- AMI also noted that a former governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has a potential to succeed Buhari
The Arewa Mandate Initiative (AMI) has tipped the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former governor of Rivers states, Rotimi Amaechi as potential successors of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Vanguard reports that the group said the endorsement was in line with the gentleman agreement reached by the leaders of the party at the formative stage in 2015.
Legit.ng gathered that AMI in a statement issued by its FCT coordinator, Muhammad Mubarak, and Aminu Muhammed, the Sokoto secretary respectively, noted its surveys among the APC supporters on the 2023 presidential power shift indicated that the majority of the APC family fully support that power to the south.
The group noted that following its engagements with various APC youth groups across the north, it deduced that majority of the APC members support that the presidency should move to the south after President Muhammadu Buhari leaves in 2023.
“This consensus was reached after months of serious consultations with the youth groups and major stakeholders in the party, spread across all the three geo-political zones of the northwest, northcentral, and the northeast.
“The Arewa Mandate Initiative, which has been spearheading the support for power shift to the south, had conducted three major rounds of surveys among the APC supporters, on the 2023 presidential power shift, and found that majority of the APC family fully support that power should move to the south in line with the gentleman agreement reached by the leaders of the party in 2015.
The AMI said it recognises the right of all Nigerians to seek for any elective office of their choice because it is a constitutionally guaranteed right.
The group, however, urged northern politicians to let go of their presidential ambition as part of their own sacrifice for the unity and stability of Nigeria.
It further stated:
“The AMI, in furtherance of the search for a president from the south that could match the pedigree and patriotic credentials of President Muhammadu Buhari, has beamed its searchlights on some individuals that may be the choice acceptable across the board, for the north and south.
“Though certain individuals in the south have been identified as likely choices for the presidency, the Mandate group has decided to keep things under wraps, for now, to allow for wider consultations."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the crack between the camps of President Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has widened.
It was reported that checks revealed that the last time the two leaders met was on January 7, 2020, when Tinubu, visited the State House, Abuja, with multiple sources confirming that all is not well between the duo.
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