- Southern governors have insisted that 2023 presidency cannot be retained by the north again after Buhari's eight years
- According to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, the people of the south must not throw away this chance
- Akeredolu, the chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, the agitation for southern presidency must not be in vain
With the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari gradually winding down, the Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has insisted that the North cannot retain power in 2023 after spending eight years in office.
According to Akeredolu, the struggle for the Presidency to come from the Southern part of the country next year should not be in vain.
In a statement made available to journalists in Akure, the state capital by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, he said the governor spoke on Sunday at the 40th Holy Ghost Convention Dinner of The Sword of the Spirit Ministries which held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Agbawo, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Akeredolu explained that he led his colleagues in the Southern Governors’ Forum to demand a Southern Presidency despite stiff opposition from some quarters.
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He called on the people not to throw away the chances of producing the next President, particularly from the Southwest where Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu hails from.
Akeredolu described Tinubu as the best choice, adding that he has the experience and courage to tackle the challenges facing the country.
He charged the Nigerian youths to wake up and take back their country from bad leadership and return it to the path of growth.
He also welcomed the new monarch and called for greater collaboration between UK and Nigeria with a view to correcting the imbalances created by the previous governments.
On the same faith ticket, the governor pleaded with Christians to look beyond religion and focus on the competency of the Presidential candidate.
While stressing that the buck stops on the President’s table, Akeredolu added that what is important is to have a Southern President come 2023.
He said: “I discussed with Bishop Francis Wale Oke that the presidency must come to the South. Take it or leave it, it is the minimum we can get. It must come to the South. The North cannot produce a President for eight years and still want to retain it for another eight years. It is not going to work.
“That is why under the Southern Governors’ Forum, where, luckily, God made me the chairman, we kept hammering on that. It must come to the South. And when it also got to our party in APC, we fought that it must come to the South.
“Luckily, it did not only come to South, it came to the South West. Now, where do we stand? I understand our feelings because I’m one of you. I am a Christian. All of us here are worried. What will be our gain, and that, why is my party, the APC throwing up a Muslim/Muslim ticket.”
2023 campaign: Nigerians may reject APC, PDP, LP, others, analysts spills hard truth
As preparation for the 2023 election continues to gain momentum, political parties and individuals are beginning to itemize areas they have succeeded and will now begin to use them as campaign materials to sell their candidates.
But there are indications that Nigerians will not vote for political parties, but for individuals with the capacity to deliver on their promises.
The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), is anchoring it's campaign on it's past successes under President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan. The party even believes Atiku Abubakar was responsible for Obasanjo's positive economic policy, after he assembled technocrats from across the country to rescue the nation's economy.
2023: Photos surface as another set of notable clerics prays for Tinubu' bid
In another report, some top clerics of the Catholic Church in Plateau state were seen praying for Governor Simon Lalong on Sunday, September 11.
The priests, led by Rev. Fr. Raymond Gofut, the Vicar General of Shendam Diocese, were praying for the success of Governor Lalong in his task as the director-general of the APC presidential campaign council. The development was reported on Twitter by Tinubu Support Group. Photos were also shared online.