The fiercest argument at this time is between the northern and southern leaders on the issue of 2023 presidency. Although President Muhammadu Buhari has up to two years to spend in power, there have been debates on where the next president should come from. North says it will like to retain power and there can be two reasons for this.
Note that the Northern Elders Forum has unequivocally stated that the northern region and its people have rights to demand the 2023 presidency. The region heavily and obviously relies on its voting strength which is rooted in Kano, Kaduna, Borno and Katsina. To be more specific, Senator Abdullahi Adamu said the zoning formula being flaunted by the southern politicians isn't constitutional.
The first reason that may make the northern governors and other leaders conclude that they want the 2023 presidency is the concrete steps that southern governors are taking over some sundry matters that affect the country. A number of northern governors have expressed their displeasure and subsequent disapproval of the steps.
The northern governors and leaders would still be fearful of the issue of Valued Added Tax. Mr. Nyesom Wike, the powerful Rivers State governor, has taken the bull by its horns and Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is taking the same route on VAT matter. Even Mr. Wike is moving from pillar to post to ensure that Rivers State collects VAT.
Likewise, some southern governors didn't waste time to append their signatures to the anti open grazing laws. Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu and Babajide Sanwo-Olu have signed the bill into law. Whereas northern governors and elders understand that the issue would affect the herdsmen most of whom are from north. In order to protect the interest of the herdsmen, north would like to retain power.
The second reason is that there are some agitations in the southern region to the extent that northern leaders may be afraid of electing a southerner as the president of the country. There have been several sit-at-home orders given by the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra.
Although the All Progressives Congress has attracted several Igbo politicians, the northern leaders would still have some misgivings. The APC can boast of a number of top Igbo leaders, but that doesn't mean the northern leaders won't be skeptical allowing a southern politician in 2023.
The activities of the unlawful IPOB can be worrisome to the northern leaders. Apart from that, the northern leaders may even be afraid of the issue in the Yoruba land. Mr. Sunday Igboho is actually in detention in the Benin Republic right now. However, his issues are still burning. That means anything can happen if a southern politician is elected.
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