2023 Presidency: Igbo, Yoruba may lose out if the South is not united – Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani, the former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District

Senator Shehu Sani, the former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, says that Igbo and Yoruba may lose the 2023 presidency.

According to Sani, if the southern parts of Nigeria (South-East, South-South and South-West) are not united, the 2023 presidency may elude it.

He further insisted that only a united South would win the 2023 presidential election.

“It will be unfair for other sections of the country if one section uses its topographical or demographic advantage to hold onto power, knowing full well that it was not the topography or demographic advantage that delivered them power,” Sani stated while speaking in Abuja on Saturday at an interactive session organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.

Naija Buzz News had reported how Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State called for the abolishment of zoning for the office of the presidency.

An informal arrangement is that after the North rules for eight years (which is a complete two terms), it should automatically become the turn of the South.

President Muhammadu Buhari who is from the North is currently on his second term which ends in 2023. So, a Southern (with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, being speculated to take over) is expected to emerge as the next President of Nigeria.

Speaking further, Sani said; “Rotation of power is what I prescribe and stand for, whether that power goes to the South-East or South-West, it is dependent on the people of the South.

“What I will say is that there is a possibility of producing a northern as  President in 2023 if the South-East and the South-West remain divided in their resolve on the governance of the country.

“It is this division that will be exploited by those who are proposing the issue of competence,” Senator Sani said apparently referring to Governor El-Rufai.

The senator also noted that if power moves to the South-East, it would mark a formal end of secessionists idea in the region.

“If power moves to the South-East, it will be  the  final defeat of secessionists and also a formal end to the Nigerian civil  war,” he noted.

“Also, if one major party supports the rotation of power and another refuses to support, there will still be trouble.

“So, realising the respect for rotation of power will be dependent on three factors.

“There will be the common resolve of the people of the South that power should move to the South.

“Secondly, the common resolve of the South-East and South-West that this is where it will go to and the third is that the major party must accept this as a reality.’

“These three things are inevitable and  one of them that is not considered will still end up with  a northern presidency in 2023.”

The former lawmaker noted that if the South-East and South-West refuses to heed his warning, they would lose out on the 2023 presidency, adding that he stands for Nigeria’s peace and unity.

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