The incumbent Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has declared support for the presidency to return to the south when President Muhammadu Buhari completes his tenure in 2023.
This comes at a time when the political class is still divided on the issue of zoning or not ahead of the 2023 presidential elections in Nigeria.
But speaking in an interview with BBC Pidgin, Governor El-Rufai after ruling himself out of running for Nigeria’s presidency, said a southerner should become Nigeria’s next leader after President Buhari.
He said: “I have not thought about it at all (becoming the Vice President of Nigeria). I have said it that in the political system we have, after eight years of President Buhari, the presidency should go to the south.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Saturday in Ilorin, Kwara State, noted that they were warned not to support the governor of the state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq during the 2019 governorship election in the state.
The Minister who was in the state capital to commission the All Progressives Congress new secretariat of the Bashir Bolarinwa led faction disclosed this in public.
According to him, “It has gotten to the point where we have to speak out. We have been pushed to the wall and we have no choice to come out and exposed their lies and pretensions.”
“It was immediately after the Governor emerged as the party’s candidate for the election that it dawned on us that we have entered one chance.”
“But despite all the warnings from concerned party leaders and others who had reservations about his choice, our reaction then was that no matter what, his choice was better than where we were coming from. But we were wrong.”
This article was originally published on Nigeria News