2023: Prominent Nigerians begin moves for Southern presidential candidates




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With activities over 2023 general elections gradually picking up, prominent Nigerians led by a northern elder-statesman, are making nationwide consultation to ensure that parties, especially major ones like, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives (APC) field southern presidential candidates in the race.

concern of these prominent Nigerians is to make sure that South – any of South-south, South-west and South-east, produces next president of the country in order to continue to sustain the unity of the country and douse the current burning tension.

An insider, close to initiative said that these prominent Nigerians had in past few days met with presidents, military Heads of States, traditional/religious leaders of different faiths, business moguls and other stakeholders, who were said to have bought into idea.

“The group, headed by a top federal official, has in the last few days met with the military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), President Olusegun Obasanjo; Heads of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), traditional rulers and other stakeholders the need to persuade the major parties to produce southern candidates.

‘’We know of the presidency to any particular geo-political zone of the country is at the discretion of political parties; but we need to have a special arrangement similar to that of the 1999 prearrangement where Alliance for Democracy (AD) and the PDP produced southern candidates in ensuring that the South was given the opportunity to produce the president in 1999 after the June 12 1993 crisis.

‘’Since would have concluded its eight years run in -led administration, it is fair we allow the presidency to go to the South if we must continue to encourage equity, fairness and unity of this country,’’ an insider who doesn’t want his name mentioned explained.

The source added that even though the ruling APC is considering the presidency to the South, there is the need to work other political parties, especially the PDP, to follow a similar pathway.

“Rotation or is not sanctified; it is a party’s procedure among members because it is not in our constitution. So, it is left for members of the parties to decide where the presidential candidate come from,’’ the source added.

Apparently encouraged by the ongoing consultations many aspirants in APC: Its National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu; the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi; Governor Kayode Fayemi of ; former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha; and are currently erecting political structures across the country in preparation for the race.

In a major political development powered by power manoeuvres, ’s supporters were considering backing former President for 2023 presidential run.

The thinking is that it will satisfy the increasing clamour for power shift to the South. ’s close loyalists believed that Jonathan would be inoffensive to their group interest and as such the right person to take over if power were to shift to the South.

According to a top source in Buhari’s camp, ‘’Former President Jonathan handed over power peacefully and nursed no bitterness against anyone and, therefore, will not be a threat to the interest of .”

The attraction to Jonathan’s possible candidacy is that he will serve just one term of four years and power will return to .

In PDP, former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Senator and are also said to be making consultations in preparation for 2023 presidential race.

The political move also fits into the recent position of elder statesmen, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, Edwin Clark, Ayo Adebanjo; the Pan Forum, PANDEF; Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, and Bode George, who contended that the presidency be narrowed to the South.

Clark was quoted as saying that Nigeria’s unity demands that and South rotate the office of president and after Buhari serves his eight years, the presidency return to the South in 2023. (Text, excluding headline, courtesy ThisDay)

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