Former Aviation Minister who recently defected from the opposition party to the ruling party, Femi Fani-Kayode, better known as FFK, has said the Southern political leaders must be very careful with the use of the word "must" with regard to power shift to the region in 2023.
Photo Credit: The Cable 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.
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, there have been agitations from across every length and breadth of Nigeria on which region to produce President Muhammadu Buhari's Successor. While different groups and leaders from the South have insisted that it's either the next President comes from the South or nothing, Northern leaders too, including those who had hitherto supported the call have changed their tone in recent times.
Since the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, came into power through the infamous Supreme Court’s judgement that removed Emeka Ihedioha, he has remained a constant name in the media. A couple of days ago, the Governor made headlines when he alleged that the issue of Southern Presidency in 2023, is not on the agenda of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Photo Credit: Ripple Nigeria The temperature at the Peoples Democratic Party camp is already reaching boiling point as party leaders gather in Abuja to resolve its zoning crisis. The Northern caucus is leaving no stone unturned in its effort to nullify the zoning report which ceded the party chairman office to the North, thus making room for a Southern Presidency in 2023.
Amidst the ongoing problems the country is facing, Buba Galadima, a renowned and outspoken politician, reacted to a lot of issues in an interview with Arise TV. Note that Buba Galadima is known for a shift in allegiance from Muhammedu Buhari during the 2015 Presidential election to Atiku Abubakar in 2019.
For a while now, the agitators for Southern Presidency in 2023 have continued to focus their attentions on the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It should be recalled that these are two dominant political parties in the country, believed by many people, to likely produce the next President of Nigeria.
No doubts, in recent days, many political stakeholders have continued to make their positions known, over the agitation for Southern Presidency being demanded by Southern Governors' Forum. Photo Credit: PMNews However, while many prominent Southern politicians is in support of this resolution, many Northern groups including Northern Elders Forum and leaders, have expressed opposition to the demand, saying heaven will not fall if a Northerner emerges next president.
The 2023 Southern presidency has suffered another heavy blow as the Coalition of Northern Groups frowns at rotational presidency. The group, consisting of 52 different Northern groups, have recently reemphasized their stance against the ongoing plans on zoning 2023 presidency to the Southern part of the country.
Several topics of debate have been created in regards to the next Nigerian presidential election, which is 18 months away. Arguably, the most talked about topic relating to the 2023 presidential election, is the issue of zoning the 2023 Presidency to a specific region of the country.
Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna state, has recently lambasted the southern governors for their insistence on producing Nigeria's next president in the upcoming 2023 election. He questioned their exclusion of their northern counterparts when taking the decision, which was reached at a meeting held on the 16th of this month in Enugu state.
According to reports we gathered from Daily Post, the former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has issued series of statements concerning the demands by the 17 Governors of southern Nigeria, for the next President of Nigeria to emerge from the South. Photo credit: Daily Post
OPINION: Clash of words between Ohaneze Forum and Northern Forum, threat to 2023 Southern Presidency
The recent agreement between the 17 southern governors in Lagos state with regards to the southern region of Nigeria, producing the next president of the country is currently hanging on the fence due to some recent events. In the communique read out by governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, the 17 governors agreed on some issues namely, the ban of open grazing, the electronic transmission of electoral materials, the petroleum industrial bill, and finally, that the region will produce the next president by 2023.
It is no longer a secret that the Southern region has continued to insist that the 2023 Presidency should be zoned to the region. The agitators for a Southern Presidency in 2023 have looked up to the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for any hope of having the region produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.
Atiku Abubakar has said Nigerians are not bothered where their next President will come from but are hopeful of a leader desirous of addressing the challenges facing the nation. Photo Credit: Vanguard Atiku stated this in his brief remarks at the 94th National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the party in Abuja on Thursday.
A couple of days ago, when it was reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors, have voted in favour of a Northern Chairman for the party, many Southerners received the news with great joy. It should be recalled that for a while now, there have been rising agitations for the zoning of the 2023 Presidency to the Southern region.
The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LSIEC) conductedd local government elections in the 25 local government areas of Lagos state which seeks to see the emergence of council chairmen and councilors in different local governments and wards of the state. The election took place in 13,323 polling units across the state.
Miyetti Allah Speaks On Southern Presidency Photo Credit - Daily Post Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has warned Southern Governors over their resolutions on 2023 presidency and their ban on open grazing. National Secretary of the body, Saleh Alhassan, warned that Southern governors may not get the presidency if they opt to blackmail the North.
Doyin Okupe who was a former Presidential aid has advocated for the 2023 presidency to be zoned to the south for equity and fairness. This is was in a statement credited to him which was released on Tuesday, August 17. he cautioning the opposition party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against fielding a Northern candidate for 2023, noting that the North has the numbers to win Presidency, but political concessions are what has always been employed in Nigeria at moments of potential national schism.
NEF Gives Condition For Southern PresidencyPhoto credit: Naija News. The Northern Elders Forum(NEF) has given conditions for the North to support the zoning of the Presidency to the South in 2023. Speaking during a programme on Channels Television on Wednesday, NEF’s spokesman, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said for the north to support the southern governors’ demand for the 2023 presidency, they must give a convincing reason and present the right candidate.