2023: Power Should Shift To The Southern Part Of Nigeria says Senator Shekarau Ibrahim
Shekarau has urged the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to field a southerner as its presidential candidate in 2023.
Shekarau, a former governor of Kano state and serving senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District made the statement in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service on Wednesday, June 16.
According to him, the idea for President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over to a southerner is to ensure justice and fairness.
He, however, admitted that rotational presidency is not written in the APC’s constitution, but said it is the best way to go to give every part of the country a sense of belonging.
“I am of the opinion that, we should exercise patience and bring our brothers from the south close to us.
“You see, the north alone cannot produce the votes enough for the president. Likewise the South, it is only when we come together. Violating this arrangement will further divide Nigerians. Some will feel neglected or rejected.”
Speaking earlier to Channels Television on the same issue, Senator Shekarau has said Nigeria’s next president should come from the south if the nation must attain political balance.
He said by 2023, President Buhari would have completed eight years in office and it is only fair for a southerner to take over from the incumbent.
Meanwhile, a group, Progressive Consolidation Group (PCG) has urged Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, to consider joining the 2023 presidential race.
While calling on Osinbajo to declare interest in the 2023 race, the All Progressives Congress support group, appealed to the former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to withdraw his presidential bid.
Addressing reporters in Abuja including a Legit.ng reporter on behalf of members drawn from the six geo-political zones, PCG’s national coordinator, Hon. Ahmed Mohammed and national secretary, Dr. Eberechukwu Eli Dibia pledged the group’s preparedness for the 2023 polls.