Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said that the next general elections in 2023 should produce a president from the Southern region of Nigeria.
El-Rufai said this on Saturday in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service as published by The Cable.
He explained that since the present president is from the North,he would likely not support a northern candidate for the presidency in 2023.
According to him, the idea of zoning the presidential seat is necessarily not constitutional, but is based on the country’s political arrangement which he believes should be respected.
El-Rufai said, “The southern part of the country is supposed to produce the president come 2023; I don’t support a northerner to vie for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari, based on Nigeria’s political arrangement.
“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.”
Daily Times reports that the governor cleared his intentions on coming out for 2023 presidency.
He noted that he has no interest in becoming the president in 2023 and termed rumours around such as being baseless.