2023 Presidency: Shekarau backs power shift to South, faults govs’ approach -GCFRNG
Former Kano State Governor Ibrahim Shekarau said yesterday that there is nothing wrong if a Nigerian from the southern region succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The question of which region of the country produces Buhari’s successor in 2023 had been a source of controversy among political stakeholders, especially the governors of the north and south.
While southern governors insist that the presidency must reach the south in 2023, their northern counterparts fought over the use of the word “must” in their clamor, which failed their approach.
But speaking in an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily yesterday, Shekarau asked his party, the Congress of All Progressives, APC, to locate the presidency in the south.
According to him, rotating the office of the Presidency between the North and the South will give citizens the sense of belonging necessary for the development of the nation.
He said: “I have said it before (that) regarding the party to which I belong – APC, my proposal is that now that President Buhari is from the north of the country, he is already eight years old, we take the spotlight to the southern part of Nigeria.
“Not because we don’t have enough competent people in the north. If he says “let the other part of Nigeria produce the leader”, that does not mean that he is throwing the question of competition, the question of credibility, etc. to the dogs.
“While I agree that we must do our best and therefore open it no matter which side of the country, we must also take into account the aspect of a sense of belonging. You see, we need to be aware of perception to give a sense of belonging to every part of Nigeria. “
“I subscribe to the opinion that we should be talking about the North and the South, but what I do not agree with the governors of the South is that they come together to form a gang and say ‘it must be’; I think this is purely a party issue, ”said Shekarau, who shares the same opinion with the northern governors.