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The clamour for a Southern Presidency is increasingly polarizing the country even as the 2023 presidential election draws near. The subject was brought to the front burner after the Southern Governors Forum’s resolution that demanded that Nigeria’s next President should be a southerner.
The SGF insisted that Buhari, a Northerner is expected to round off his maximum eight years in office by 2023. Therefore in the interest of justice and equity, the presidency should thereafter rotate to the south.
But the SGF resolution has ignited a storm of angry reactions from Northern politicians and stakeholders, who lambasted the Southern Governors for what they termed as a unilateral action. The northerners insisted that they ought to be consulted before such decisions are taken.
But despite the decision of the NGF against power rotation, no less than six northern Governors have at one time or the other in the past expressed their support for the power rotation arrangement in favour of the South.
This report will list all the six Governors and what they said about the southern Presidency.
Governor Samuel Ortom
The Benue State Governor gave his endorsement to the idea of Southern in March 2021, shortly after the Southern Governors meeting in Lagos. He noted that in the interest of fairness, equity and justice power should rotate to the south after Buhari’s tenure is over. He added that this will entrench an atmosphere of oneness and give a sense of belonging to all Nigerians.
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More so, he said that power rotation to the South will go a long way to douse some of the tension in the country.
Professor Babangana Zulum
Zulum has also expressed support for the demand of the southern governors for power rotation to the South. He said that was the right thing to do in a bid to deepen the country’s democracy and give every citizen of the country a sense of belonging.
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However, he frowned at the approach by the Southern Governors adding that it could incite tension. He insisted that it was wrong for the SGF to include the word “Must” in their resolution because it communicates force.
He also noted that the All Progressive Congress has a moral duty to abide by the letter of the zoning agreement it adopted in 2013.
Governor Nasir El Rufai
The Kaduna State Governor has also expressed public support for power rotation. He said that it will give a sense of belonging to all the regions in the country. But he insisted that it must be approached through dialogue and constructive consultation and not by force.
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Governor Abdullahi Ganduja
The Kano State Governor has long declared his full support for power rotation to the south. He instead that it will be morally wrong for a Northerner to take over the reins of power after Buhari, adding that this could heat the polity.
Governor Aminu Masari
Katsina State Governor is one of the first Northern Governors to endorse the proposal. He admonished his Northern colleagues and other stakeholders in the region to reject the temptation to support another Northern President after Buhari as that could create tension in the country and undermine the country’s democracy.
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Governor Abdullahi Sule
The Governor of Nasarawa State has said that it will be wrong for the North to produce another President after Buhari.
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