The governor Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has called for a power shift from the Northern Nigeria to the Southern Nigeria in 2023.
El-Rufai made this declaration an an interview with BBC Hausa Network on Saturday.
In his words, “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.”
El-Rufai also went further to say that Nigerians believe in rotational Presidency even though it may not be obtainable elsewhere in the world.
“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,” the governor said
He, however, clarified, that he supporta rotational leadership at the Federal level and not at the state 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,” Governor El-Rufai said.
When asked about the speculations making round that he will be contesting for President in 2023, he dismissed such reports as “baseless”.
“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.”
The Kaduna State Governor is now the latest political heavyweight in the country to voice support for a Southern Presidency in a very recent time.
Elder statesman Alhaji Tank Yakasai had earlier made a similar call for a president of Igbo extraction come 2023.
The resounding calls come days after the nephew to President Buhari, Mamman Daura, voiced his support for the adoption of competence over zoning as a parameters for choosing President Buhari’s successor.