2023: Presidency should return to the South – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Saturday said the Presidency should be zoned the south in 2023.

El-Rufai stated this in an interview with BBC Hausa, adding that he has not coveted the title of President as believed in some quarters.

“It has been said that I have loved the presidency since I was a minister in the FCT [Federal Capital Territory]. This is nonsense. I do not want the Nigerian presidency. God gives power, whether you like it or not. If he wants, he will give it to you. But I have never applied for the presidency of Nigeria, no one will say I have applied for it,” he said.

“In Nigerian politics, there is a rotation system, where everyone agrees that if the north rules for eight years, the south will rule for eight years.”

He said although the acceptance process was not written in the constitution, every politician in the country was aware of it.

“That is why I came out and said that after President Buhari’s eight years term, no northerner should run for the Presidency. Let the southerners also have eight years.”

El-Rufai added that the outrage over the violence, especially in the Southern part of the state is being fuelled by people manipulating it for political, religious and ethnic gains.

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