2023 Presidency: Southern Governors Will Oppose Fielding Of Northern Candidates, Says Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Friday mentioned the Southern Governors Forum would resist any political occasion that fields a northerner as a presidential candidate within the 2023 basic elections. 

The governor who disclosed this whereas that includes as a Channels Television programme mentioned the Southern governors from three main political events of All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) are unanimous of their decision on the zoning of the presidency and can observe it to the letter.

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The Southern governors of their assembly in Lagos in July had mentioned the presidency must be zoned to Southern Nigeria in 2023 when President Muhammadu Buhari completes his second time period. They additionally reiterated it at their assembly in Enugu on Thursday.

According to Akeredolu, who’s the Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum “If we have anything that we have agreed, that we have unanimity, it is the issue of president in 2023. All of us, irrespective of our political party; there are three political parties that are in the Southern Governors Forum. We have All Progressives Grand Alliance, the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress and we all agreed on this. 

“Any party that picks any candidate from the North will have to face all Southern governors because they will not support. But it has to come from South. We are saying that there must be rotational, the justice and fairness in it, that is what we are pushing. 

“If my president, Muhammadu Buhari has ruled for eight years, then it cannot be from the North again. The next president must come from the South. We have not got to the stage where we will say let us give it to somebody who is competent. 

“There are many people that are competent. We have competent people in the North as we have competent people in the South. So, the president can come from any part of the country. But if you have occupied the position for eight years, then it has to rotate back to the South. 

“We can continue to do that until it gets to a point where the issue of zooming becomes an anathema. But for now, zooming is it and those of us from the South are determined that the next president comes from the South.”

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