Zoning: El-Rufai Says No Northerner Should Contest in 2023

In light of the controversy over the propriety of rotational presidency between people of Northern and Southern Nigeria, Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has said that no Northerner should think of contesting for the presidency during the next election in year 2023.

The governor expressed his personal opinion on what has become a divisive subject, dismissing speculations that he had set his sights on the seat of President during the next national elections.

The governor, who made the statement in an interview with BBC Hausa Service, was simply echoing a similar remark he had already made last year.

This statement of his comes on the heels of Alhaji Mamman Daura’s assertion that merit and not zoning should determine who becomes President of the country.

Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew aired his views also in an interview with the same BBC Hausa Service.

El-Rufai during his talk with the BBC said that, “In Nigerian politics, there is a system of rotation, in which everyone agrees that if the north rules for eight years, the south will rule for eight years. That is why I came out and said that after President Buhari has been in office for eight years, no Northerner should run for office. Let the Southerners also have eight years.

If you look at how I am, I don’t take anyone to work with me for the zone he came from. The eligibility I look at is if who is entrusted to the public will hold it properly. It has been said that I have loved the presidency since I was a minister in the FCT. This is nonsense. I do not want the Nigerian presidency. God gives power, whether you like it or not, if he wants it, He will give it to you, but I have never sought the presidency of Nigeria, no one can say I have ever sought it”.

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