Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has stated that the next president of Nigeria does not have to come from the country’s southern area.
The governor, who reaffirmed his support for the transfer of power to the south, warned his colleagues that politics is a numbers game.
On Wednesday, the governor said this in an interview with Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
The governors announced their support for the rotating presidency on Monday, stating that the next president should be from the South.
Rotimi Akeredolu, the chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum and the governor of Ondo State, rose from the conference to read the communiqué signed by member states.
“The forum reaffirms its commitment to justice and fairness in politics and unanimously agreed that the presidency of Nigeria be rotated between southern and northern Nigeria, with the next president of Nigeria emerging from the south,” he stated.
The Southern governors were not wrong, Zulum emphasized, in calling for a power shift to their region, which would encourage unity.
“I have said it many times that I, Professor Babagana Zulum, believe that the president should go to the south in the year 2023 because our country’s unity is very important,” he added.
“Second, it’s critical to be inclusive. Finally, I am a member of the APC. APC assigned the presidency to northern Nigeria six or seven years ago, with the agreement that the presidency would move to the south in 2023.
“However, this is politics. We’re supposed to get together and talk about this amongst ourselves, among the political elite.
“I want them to remove the word must from this declaration that the president must travel to the south.”
by olusanya olutayo