As the 2023 presidential election gets closer every day, the zoning of the presidency always makes the top headlines in the Nigerian newspapers.
Let's recall that the 17 southern governors declared their support that the presidency should be shifted to the southern region since President Muhammadu Buhari, who will complete his 8-year term in 2023, is a northerner some days ago.
However, this agitation from the southern people caused many reactions from the northern part of Nigeria, in which some northern politicians, such as Nasir El Rufai, Babagana Zulum, Samuel Ortom, and so on, seemed to support the southern politicians.
On the other hand, many northern politicians and leaders, like Yahaya Bello and Yerima Shettima, kick against it for many reasons.
However, when the spokesperson of the northern elders' forum, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, was speaking about the 2023 election, according to Punch newspaper, he said this one statement that many southern politicians may not agree with.
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We inherited leadership, and we won't play second class roles for anybody when we can easily contest for first class and win.
Dr. Hakeem makes it known that there is nothing bad if another Northern politician succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
He claimed that the Northerners inherited the leadership of Nigeria from their forefathers, and they won't accept second class positions when they have the population to win the second class positions.
That statement might not go down well with Southern politicians because most of them believe that it is their turn to become president.
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Many Southerners believe that the northerners will step back for them just like they did in the 2019 election, but this statement by the northern elders has proved them wrong.
Many Southern politicians may begin to push back against Dr. Hakeem's claim soon because it contradicts what the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, said a few days ago, when he urged the APC, PDP, and APGA to zone their presidential tickets to the south in 2023.
Not only that, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo also made a strong statement some days ago about the presidency in which they claim that anybody who is working against the zoning of the presidency to zone the south should be expected to do the election without the vote of the Igbo people.
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