Since the turn of the year, there has been a persistent demand for all political parties to zone their presidential tickets to the Southern part of the country, in the belief that a Southern Presidency by 2023 will put all secession agitations to sleep and strengthen the unity of the country.[Image Credit: Google]
On the 5th of July, 2021, the Governors of the Southern states in Nigeria met in Lagos State and the 2023 general elections was one of their topmost agendas. After the meeting, the Southern Governors Forum (SGF) announced their official demand for a Southern Presidency by 2023, claiming that a politics of justice and fairness demands so.[Image Credit: Google]
However, some Northern political figures and groups have opposed the Southern Governors' call for a Southern Presidency, explaining that a rotational Presidency is not found in the country's constitution. The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) recently revealed that the North will not be intimidated by advocates of a Southern Presidency.
There is a huge possibility that the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will zone it's presidential ticket to the South, after the National Chairmanship was zoned to the Northern part of the country. However, it seems Northern political figures in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not easily accept the zoning of the party's presidential ticket to the South.[Image Credit: Google]
In a report by TheCable on Thursday, 7th of October, 2021, a former Vice-president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said that Nigeria's next President can come from any region of the country. Atiku Abubakar who spoke at the Peoples Democratic Party's National Executive committee (NEC) meeting, cancelled out talks of "Southern President" and a "Northern President",explaining that region where the country's next President comes from does not matter.[Image Credit: Google]
Atiku Abubakar who was the Presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, is also believed to be nurturing a presidential ambition. Though Atiku Abubakar has not plainly expressed his intention to run for the Presidency again, his son, Adamu Abubakar, revealed his father will run for the Presidency in 2023.[Image Credit: Google]
Has Atiku Abubakar's recent opposition of the proposed rotational Presidency confirmed that he is truly nurturing a Presidential ambition? If the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) decides to zone their presidential ticket to the South, it means that Atiku Abubakar's potential presidential ambition has been put to sleep, because he (Atiku Abubakar) hails from a Northern state.
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