[ICYMI] 2023 president should come from South ― Shekarau

Former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has said Nigeria’s president in 2023 should come from the Southern part of the country.

Shekarau, who represents Kano Central District in the Senate, stated that by 2023, President Muhammadu Buhari who is from the northern part of the country, would have been in power for eight years, and “common sense tells that we should look the other side, to the Southern part of Nigeria.”

Shekarau, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, who represents Kano Central District in the Senate added, “There is common sense expectation of balancing and giving everybody a sense of belonging and fairness.”

The former governor made the assertion while featuring on a Channels TV programme monitored in Kano, however, disclosed that reliable and competent hands should be entrusted with the responsibility of leading Nigeria in 2023.

However, when asked about his position on the growing call for a South-East presidency in 2023, Shekarau said, “I don’t call it zoning, I would rather call it balancing. There has to be some sense of belonging. There is what I call the constitution of common sense.”

According to him, “the Constitution of Nigeria or the constitution of any of the political parties didn’t say if I am from the North, my running mate must be from the South. It is not written. But if today, I am a presidential candidate from Kano and I tell you my running mate is from Bauchi, you will say something is wrong with me.

“The presidency has just been from the North for eight years. Common sense tells that we should look the other side, to the Southern part of Nigeria. We should recognise the North and the South, this is elementary geography and history.”

When asked if he has started nursing the ambition to run for president in 2023, the one-time presidential candidate said, “I don’t know about that. We haven’t gotten there yet,” but quickly added, “I am already giving it some thoughts.

“Perception is what you have to carry along. If you continue to dominate on one particular side, the perception from the other side is, ‘What about me?’”

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