El-Rufai advocates 2023 Southern presidency, explains it would be unfair for North to retain power

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Sunday, February 23; revealed that the Presidency should rightly return to the Southern part of the country.

El-Rufai further argued that there is no justification for the North to retain the Presidency; after President Muhammadu Buhari might have completed his eight years.

Furthermore, the governor who headed the APC’s Restructuring Committee; pointed out that although the party’s constitution does not make provision for rotational presidency, like the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; it was a general understanding that the Presidency should rotate between the two political zones of Nigeria for the sake of justice, equity and fair play.

El-Rufai said: “The general political consensus in Nigeria is that the Presidency should rotate between the North and the South. It is not written but everyone understands it.

“In some of the parties, like the PDP, it is even written down in their constitution but it was breached in 2015. I think that every politician of honour should understand and abide by that consensus; except there is an extenuating circumstance compelling it to be set aside.

“In the APC, we deliberately omitted rotational Presidency in our constitution and the emergence of a presidential candidate does not take into account zoning and that was why in 2015; Rochas Okorocha from the East contested, Sam Nda-Isaiah contested, Buhari, Kwankwaso, and others contested.

“I can say that as distinct from the PDP, APC has no rotational Presidency; but candidates are selected strictly on the basis of political merit and the general acceptability of the candidate.

“We do not violate unwritten political agreements and I will be the last person to lead in violating that agreement. I may have a personal view but that should be the basis. I don’t care where you come from but I look for merit.

“But as a group, the Northern APC will have to sit down and endorse someone, most likely someone from the South, because, after eight years of Buhari; I don’t think the Presidency should remain in the north unless there are some extenuating circumstances.”

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