- Bukola Saraki has asked Nigerians to focus on the capacity and competence of aspirants ahead of the 2023 election
- The former Senate president stated that this is what people need to look out for instead of canvassing for zoning and regional sentiments
- Saraki made this known on Saturday, February 5, during his presentation on a Twitter Spaces chat hosted by activist Rinu Oduala
Ahead of the 2023 general election, Bukola Saraki has said though zoning is necessary it should not be sacrificed for “character, competence, and quality of leadership” to ensure equity in the allocation of political offices.
Saraki made the revelation on Saturday night, February 5, during a Twitter Spaces discussion hosted by one of the organisers of the #EndSARS protest, Rinu Oduala.
According to the former Senate president, the country needs modern progressive leaders who understand current issues and can unite the people.
He reiterated his position that Nigerian youths want competent leaders, stressing that the PDP instituted zoning to ensure justice and equity in governance among all parts of the country.
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The former Kwara state governor said:
“When we talk about zoning, we need to look at it from a historical perspective. Our party (the Peoples Democratic Party), after 1999, instituted zoning to ensure that there was equity.
“Now, we have seen that zoning is a factor, but it is not the only factor. We must look at the character, competence, and quality of leadership.”
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In a previous report by Legit.ng, Saraki indicated interest to contest the 2023 presidency.
His declaration is coming after the former national leader of the All Progressives Congress Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi, Senate Chief Whip Orji Kalu and former Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha declared a similar interest.
The former Kwara governor said he has a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.
Why I parted ways with Buhari, APC, Saraki reveals
Meanwhile, the former Senate president finally opened up on why he parted ways with President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, he supported the candidacy of Buhari back in 2015 because he was hoping for a change in the country.
Saraki claims he suffered “persecution” when he was Senate president because he stood for the independence of the National Assembly.