The Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has stated that any political party fielding a northern candidate for the presidency in 2023 risks losing southern support.
This was revealed by Akeredolu in an interview with Channels Television, which was watched by Osun Insight on Friday.
The Southern Governors’ Forum’s resolutions on the 2023 elections and the fact that the president must be zoned to the South, according to Akeredolu, the forum’s chairman, are for the sake of justice and fairness.
He stated that when President Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner, finishes his second term in 2023, the country’s next leader should be from the south.
Akeredolu said, “There are about three political parties that are in the Southern Governors’ Forum, we have the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Peoples Democratic Party, and the All Progressives Congress. All of us are unanimous in our position that the next president of this country must come from the South.
“For us, we are unanimous. It (the forum) is not a political platform. I believe that any party that picks somebody from the North would have to face the whole southern region because they will not support it.
“It has to come from the South. We are saying that there must be what I will call rotation. The justice of it and the fairness in it are what we are preaching. If my president – President Buhari — has been in office for eight years, it can’t be from the North. The next president must come from the South.”
In response to opponents who suggested that competence should take precedence over zoning in the 2023 election, Akeredolu argued that competent people could be found in both the northern and southern regions.
He stated, “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.”