The build-up to the 2023 presidential elections in Nigeria has continued to gather steam with a lot of political actors, stakeholders, socio-political groups, and notable Nigerian politicians making their interests known.
In light of this, the Northern Governors Forum, in reaction to the demands for a southerner to emerge as the next President of Nigeria in 2023, has stated their disapproval and rejection of such demands, stating that it is a negation of the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, concerning how a President should be elected.
Northern Governors [Photo credit: ThisDayLive]
Speaking on behalf of the Northern Governors, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, stated that bearing on Nigeria's constitution, only a candidate who scores 25% of the votes cast in 2/3 states of the federation, shall be declared the winner.
Simon Lalong [Photo credit: Legit.ng]
Relating this strong decision made by the Northern Governors Forum to the statement made by Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on the reason why he joined APC, which according to him, is to promote the chances of a southerner emerging Nigeria's President in 2023, we will have to ask this question, Should Governor David Umahi remain in the All Progressive Congress even as his Southern presidency ambition looks less realistic?
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Moreso, if we take into consideration the fact that of the 22 Governors that make up the All Progressive Congress Governors Forum, about 14 Governors are from the Northern region while just 8 Governors are from the southern region, it is hard to see how the APC will zone their presidential ticket to the South, without having to lock horns with the Northern Governors who are the majority.
In these circumstances, what should David Umahi do? Should he remain in APC and hope that the North's position changes, or should he look for other viable options outside the All Progressive Congress?
What are your opinions on this issue?
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