Shehu Sani, a former federal lawmaker, has said the South-West and South-East geopolitical zones risk losing the 2023 presidency to the Northern region if they remain divided over the choice of region to produce the president.
Sani, who represented Kaduna Central senatorial district in the eighth National Assembly, stated this at an interactive session organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council, on Saturday.
According to the former senator, the political hierarchy in the North is not favourably disposed to a rotational presidency, noting that both the South-West and South-East regions must decide on a single candidate and remain united over their choice order to get power at the centre in four years time.
Nothing that it may be unfair for the regions in Southern Nigeria not to produce the country’s president, Sani stated that their bickering over their preferred candidate will propel persons like Nasir El-Rufai, Gover of Kaduna State, who proposed that competency replaces rotational zoning in future presidential elections.
Sani said: “It will be unfair for other sections of the country if one section uses its topographic or demographic advantage to hold onto power, knowing full well that it was not the topography or demographic advantage that delivered them to power.
“Rotation of power is what I prescribe and stood for, whether that power goes to the East or West, it is dependent on the people from the South.
“What I will say is that there is a possibility of producing a Northern president in 2023 if the East and the West remain divided in their resolve on the governance of the Country.
“It is this division that will be exploited by those who are proposing the issue of competence.