Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, on Saturday stated that the Southern governors would not hesitate to resist any political party that looks northward for its Presidential candidate in the 2023 presidential elections.
Akeredolu who stated this while featuring on a programme on Channels Television programme, “Politics Today” said all the governors from the three major parties in the southern region of the country have collectively and unanimously agreed on the zoning of the presidency in the next election in the country.
He disclosed that the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) were unanimous in their resolution on the zoning of the presidency and would follow it to the letter.
It will be recalled that the Southern governors in their meeting in Lagos in July had said the presidency should be zoned to Southern Nigeria in 2023 after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term.
The governors also re-echoed their stand on the zoning of the presidency to the region in Enugu during their last meeting last Thursday.
Akeredolu said: “If we have anything that we have agreed, that we have unanimity, it is the issue of president in 2023. All of us, irrespective of our political party; there are three political parties that are in the Southern Governors Forum.
“We have the All Progressives Grand Alliance, the Peoples Democratic Party, and the All Progressives Congress and we all agreed on this.
“Any party that picks any candidate from the North will have to face all Southern governors because they will not support. But it has to come from the South.
“We are saying that there must be rotational, justice, and fairness in it, that is what we are pushing.
“If my President, Muhammadu Buhari has ruled for eight years, then it cannot be from the North again. The next president must come from the South. We have not got to the stage where we will say let us give it to somebody who is competent.
“There are many people that are competent. We have competent people in the North as we have competent people in the South. So, the president can come from any part of the country. But if you have occupied the position for eight years, then it has to rotate back to the South.
“We can continue to do that until it gets to a point where the issue of zoning becomes an anathema. But for now, zoning it is, and those of us from the South are determined that the next president comes from the South.”
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