BEVERLY HILLS, August 08, (THEWILL) – Controversial Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-rufai says he is fully behind the clamour for his political party, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to choose a presidential candidate from the southern part of the country ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The governor spoke barely a week after Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew and longtime confident, canvassed against zoning the presidency to a particular region, arguing that the president should be chosen based on competence.
Speaking in an interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC, the politician acknowledged that there is indeed an unwritten gentlemanly political agreement between political leaders that allows power to rotate between the two regions though added that it is not in the constitution.
“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.
“After President Muhammadu Buhari would have spent eight years by 2023, the right thing is that no northerner should contest, the south too should have its shot for eight years. I’m taking this position not because I agree that, that is how leadership should be selected, but because that is how Nigeria politics is for now.
“I believe there is no developed country across the world that considers leadership based on where someone comes from. However, in Nigerian politics, there is an arrangement that we all believe on rotational leadership. We are aware of that, anyone who denies that is wrong,” he said.
With regards to the same zoning formula in Kaduna, the governor, whilst denying his long-unrealized presidential ambition said: “In Kaduna, I don’t work with people because they came from a particular zone, I instead work with you based on your capacity to deliver on the assigned task and your ability to keep public trust.”
On his presidential ambition, El-rufai said: “It is a baseless speculation. I don’t want to be president; only God decides someone’s future whether you like it or not, I have never shown interest for the presidency.”