Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has vehemently condemned plot by some northern political heavyweights to retain power in the north in 2023.
The ex-SGF noted that nobody in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has the right to prevent the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, from contesting the 2023 presidency.
Lawal who is a chieftain of the APC further urged President Muhammadu Buhari to support power shift to the South, particularly the South-West.
He accused some APC governors of fueling the crisis rocking the ruling party because they want to take control of the party ahead of 2023. According to him, it was laughable that the objective of the politicians who masterminded the removal of ex-APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was to oppose the presidential aspirations of Tinubu.
“Those who wanted Adams Oshiohmole out are more desperate because of 2023 because as a national chairman of a party, from my our own observation, there’s very little he could do to favour or impose a presidential candidate in his party.
“Except we want to bring the wrath of God on our heads, because of his role in building the party, equity and a sense of justice demand that he be given a chance in a free and fair system and let his luck prevail.
“Nobody with a clear conscience in the APC will deny Tinubu the opportunity to contest the Presidency. Nobody within the party has the moral right to even put a stumbling block on his path. The party must create an environment that is free and fair for anybody who wants to contest, including Bola Tinubu. Let the delegates, who must have emerged through a similarly free and fair process, decide who they want to vote for.”
“A just and equitable way of doing things is to agree, as gentlemen, that since the North has had its President for the second tenure, the opportunity should be given to the South to produce the next President,” he said.
“By the way, what did we get from several years of governance with the Presidency being from the North? Since the demise of General Sani Abacha, the country has been into crises of insecurity and poor economy.
“Along the line, we have also had vice-presidents who were northerners. We have had presidents who were northerners but for whatever reason, the system is not improving. Presidency from the North is like an albatross around our neck.”
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