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PICK 2023 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FROM THE SOUTH – SHEKARAU TO APC

Former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, now a Senator has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to field a southerner as its presidential candidate in 2023.

Shekarau made the call in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa Service, in Kano on Wednesday.

He said adopting the power shift agreement and sticking to it is the best way to go, as violating such an arrangement would further divide Nigerians further.

He said: “This is also the same with rotating the presidency between the North and the South. If we ignore power shifts, we are not being fair to ourselves and we are not fair to history. In my opinion, a power shift is necessary for all Nigerians to have a sense of belonging.”

“For instance, the present six geopolitical zones are not reflected in Nigeria’s constitution, but it is a good arrangement. You cannot implement any policy in Nigeria without taking geopolitical zones into consideration.

“You see, the North alone cannot produce enough votes for the President. Likewise, the South; it is only when we come together. My belief is not only geopolitical regions, there is no state in the federation that does not have a competent person to lead this country.

“I am of the opinion that we should exercise patience and bring our brothers from the South close to us.”

On PDP fielding a Northern candidate, the Senator said: “Each is trying to outsmart the other. My advice to the parties is that they should not look at zoning from political exploitation, but what should be just and fair. Fair play and competence of the candidate should be the guiding principle.”

See also  BUHARI, APC, MISMANAGING NIGERIA’S DIVERSITY - PDP

 

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