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2023: Why Presidency should return to South – El-Rufai

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Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has revealed why the South should produce the next President in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

In an interview with BBC Hausa on Saturday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain noted that it will be unfair and wicked if the South is not allowed to produce the next Nigerian leader.

El-Rufai explained that he supports the idea of zoning which has been in existence in Nigeria polity. He noted that though it is unconstitutional, it is based on the country’s political arrangement.

He added that it is baseless for anyone to insinuate that he would contest for presidency in 2023, saying he does not have any interest in the seat.

“In Nigerian politics, there is a system of rotation, in which everyone agrees that if the north rules for eight years, the south will rule for eight years,” El-Rufai said.

“That is why I came out and said that after President Buhari has been in office for eight years, no northerner should run for office. Let the Southerners also have eight years.

“If you look at how I am, I don’t take anyone to work with me for the zone he came from. The eligibility I look at is if who is entrusted to the public will hold it properly.

“It has been said that I have loved the presidency since I was a minister in the FCT. This is nonsense. I do not want the Nigerian presidency. God gives power, whether you like it or not, if He wants it, He will give it to you, but I have never sought the presidency of Nigeria, no one can say I have ever sought it.”

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Olugbenga Ige

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

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