Governor Nasir El-Rufia of Kaduna State has said, the Southern part of the country should produce Nigeria’s next president in 2023.
The governor made this disclosure in an interview with the BBC Hausa service on Saturday, August 7, 2020.
According to him, ” “The southern part of the country is supposed to produce the president come 2023; I don’t support a northerner to vie for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari, based on Nigeria’s political arrangement.”
Mr. El-Rufia said this weeks after president Buhari’s nephew mallan Mamman Daura, said in an interview that the presidency should by competence and not zoning.
Recall that in interview granted by the elder statesman to the BBC Hausa Service, Daura said competence should be placed above zoning arrangement in the 2023 presidential election.
His submission however, generated alot of critics as Afenifere and other political interest groups in the South condemned the elder statesman.
The governor said, although the power shift arrangement among the various regions of the country is unconstitutional, it is, however, a political design that must be respected.
“I believe that (there is) no developed country across the world that considers leadership based on where someone comes from. However, in Nigerian politics, there is an arrangement that we all believe on rotational leadership. We are aware of that, anyone who denies that is wrong,” El-Rufai said.
Mr. El-Rufai noted that, although he doesn’t relate with people in kaduna, where he is the governor, because they came from a particular zone, saying he work with people based on their capacity to deliver on a task given. He added that he is in support of power rotation at the National level.
“In Kaduna, I don’t work with people because they came from a particular zone, rather, I work with you based on your capacity to deliver on a task given to you and your ability to keep public trust,” he said.
The governor also debunked speculation that he is aspiring to be the president in 2023 saying the speculation has been there right from the time he was a minister of the FCT.
“It is a baseless speculation. I don’t want to be president; only God decides someone’s future whether you like it or not, I have never shown interest for the presidency.”