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2023: I’m Not Eyeing Presidency, Only God Gives Power – El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, has debunked rumour that he is eyeing the Presidency in 2023.

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There have been reports that the governor has an ambition to run for the office of the president, when President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure expires.

However, El-Rufai, in an interview with BBC Hausa on Saturday, said the next president of Nigeria should come from the Southern region of the country.

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He stated that he will not support any northerner to succeed Buhari.

He added that though the idea of rotating the presidency may not be constitutional, it is based on the country’s political arrangement.

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“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.

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“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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