The Nigerian political arena, over the years seemingly has an unconstitutional and unwritten gentlemanly arrangement as far as power rotation is concerned. This arrangement has been witnessed severally as power often rotates from the northern part of the country to the southern part of the country, to prevent a scenario where one region seems to lord it over the others.
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With the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari from the Northwest geopolitical only some months to the end of his second term tenure, there have been increasing calls for a return of the Nigerian Presidency to the southern region. However, such calls have met resistance from certain quarters who think that power could as well remain in the north.
However, three heavyweight governors from the northern part of Nigeria, who are in the camp of the ruling All Progressives Party, have in recent times, given their support to a rotation of power to the southern region when President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in 2023. The three governors and their view on power rotation to the south are examined below:
1. Nasir El-Rufai
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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State is undoubtedly one of the most vocal governors in Nigeria's ruling party, APC. The Kaduna State's Governor, as recently as August this year, dismissed the notion that the north should retain power after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, he would not support any northern candidate to succeed the outgoing President. He further revealed that he expected that after eight years by a person from the northern region, the next eight years should be used by a southerner.
2. Abdullai Ganduje
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The Executive Governor of Kano State, Abdullai Ganduje is another All Progressives Congress Governor from the northern part of Nigeria who is open to the possibility of a southern candidate succeeding the outgoing President, Muhammadu Buhari.
In an interview earlier this year, Governor Ganduje had disclosed that while the concept of power rotation between the north and south is not constitutional, it is a strategy that is often used to win votes and that the southern region of the country should be allowed to produce the country's next president.
3. Babagana Zulum
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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum is another influential APC governor from the northern part of Nigeria to give his blessing to a southern Presidency. Governor Babagana Zulum had given his blessing in July while reacting to calls by Southern Governors’ Forum that power should return to the south.
In an interview in July this year, Governor Zulum supported the return of the Presidency to the south in 2023, saying such a power rotation is essential for the unity of the country. He also referred to the rumoured agreement in APC that power would return to the South after President Muhammadu Buhari's tenure.
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