Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said he would not support any northerner for the position of president in 2023.
He said this on Saturday in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service as published by The Cable.
The idea of zoning the presidential seat, according to what he said, is necessarily not constitutional, but is based on the country’s political arrangement which he believes should be respected.
El-Rufai stated, “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.
“That is why I came out and said that after President Buhari has been in office for eight years, no northerner should run for office. Let the southerners also have eight years.
“If you look at how I am, I don’t take anyone to work with me for the zone he came from. The eligibility I look at is if who is entrusted to the public will hold it properly.”
On the other hand, the governor maintained that he is not interested in the number one position in the country in 2023, and called such rumours baseless.
He noted, “It has been said that I have loved the presidency since I was a minister in the FCT. This is nonsense. I do not want the Nigerian presidency. God gives power, whether you like it or not, if He wants it, He will give it to you, but I have never sought the presidency of Nigeria, no one can say I have ever sought it.”
The DAILY VENDOR recalls that Mamman Daura, the President’s nephew, had in an interview earlier, disclosed his stance against rotational presidency.