As the campaign for the Southern part of Nigeria to produce the next the President in 2023 gains momentum, the former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye on Tuesday said the South West is qualified to produce the President inspite of occupying the post for eight years during President Olusegun Obasanjo’ tenure.
Adeyeye said that the idea of rotational presidency is between the North and the South, and not among micro-zones within same region such as South East, South South and South West.
Adeyeye who is the national chairman of Southwest Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA’23), stated this at a meeting with traditional rulers in both Ikorodu and Epe Divisions of Lagos State while seeking support and cooperation of the monarchs for the Presidential ambition of former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
SWAGA’23 is a campaign group rooting for candidature of Tinubu for 2023 presidential poll.
The former minister who commended the traditional rulers for their role and support for government, said their role in good governance could not be overlooked, charging them to do more.
He said the group was in the state to seek for the traditional rulers’ support, blessings and for them to prevail on Tinubu to contest for 2023 presidential election.
Speaking on rotation of power between the North and the South, he ruled out the agitation that power should shift to other zones in the South such as South East or South South, adding the gentleman agreement only provides for rotation between the South and the North, making the South West also qualified to produce a candidate, inspite of occupying the position in the past.
He stated that for 2023 presidential election, it was turn of the South to produce president and the issue of who is to produce the president within Southern region didn’t arise because every individual within region whether South South, South East or South West has right to it.
In their remarks, the traditional rulers in the two divisions gave their support for agenda of SWAGA’23.
Speaking on behalf of traditional rulers in Ikorodu Division, the Ranodu of Imota, Oba Ajibade Agoro said the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Tinubu is a worthy leader who had over the years impacted the lives of the people positively and he deserved to be supported for the interest of the South.
Similarly, traditional rulers in Epe Division also gave their royal blessing to the campaign.
By Anthonia Duru