The Southern Governors Forum and the Northern Governors Forum are currently in a heated power tussle over which region would produce the next president of Nigeria come 2023 elections. Some months ago, Southern governors forum reached a unanimous decision that the next president of Nigeria should come from the Southern part of the country, citing cases of political marginalisation as their prime reason. This decision from Southern governors created a ripple effect across the corridors of Nigerian politics with many sociocultural groups kicking against the idea. Notably, Northern Elders Forum (NEF) were heavy critics of the idea.
Southern Governors Forum.
Despite the backlash the idea of a compulsory Southern presidency received from many Northerners, some individuals were however convinced that the idea of a Southern presidency should be ultimately considered. Notably, the governor of Bornu state, Prof. Babagana Zulum supported the idea without reservations.
Interestingly, in a fast twist of events, the Northern Governors Forum recently made their opinion about 2023 Southern presidency known. Through the chairman of the forum, Simon Lalong, the body have unanimously kicked against the decision of Southern governors. Referring to the Nigerian constitution, the body maintained that Nigerian democracy does not observe rotational presidency and therefore, the protocols involved in electing the president of Nigeria should be duly followed.
Northern Governors Forum.
From the foregoing, it is very clear that the Northern part of the country are very much ready to ensure the re-election of a Northerner as the next president of Nigeria after Muhammadu Buhari. This will undoubtedly be a great advantage for any political party that may produce a Northerner as it's flag bearer for the 2023 presidential elections.
Interestingly, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) have recently made some substantial steps towards ceding her presidential ticket to a Northerner. It was recently reported that the party's Board of Trustees (BoT) are tirelessly working towards this end. Meanwhile, at the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the tendencies of a Southerner getting the presidential ticket is very obvious, as president Muhammadu Buhari is on the verge of completing his tenure.
Going forward, it is undisputable that the People's Democratic Party (PDP) would be favourites to secure the highest political position in Nigeria. The population of the Northerners and their determination to balance the years spent at Aso Rock between Southern Nigeria and Northern Nigeria since the return to civilian rule, are compelling factors that may orchestrate the re-election of a Northerner. With this, PDP may have the last laugh if they succeed in producing a Northerner as their flag bearer for the 2023 presidential election.
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