‘2023: Southwest presidency not negotiable’

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akinjide Kazeem Akinola, has said that presidential election come 2023 should be zoned to the Southwest and the decision should not be negotiated. 

He said the Southwest dominated by the Yoruba tribe had supported candidates in the past for presidency and should be granted merit to produce the country’s president in 2023.

Speaking with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja, Akinola said the Yoruba nation is not what the Southwest need now, instead, all the leaders in the region should come together to achieve Yoruba Presidency in 2023.

“The Southwest presidency is non-negotiable; it has always been as if you are doing the Yorubas a favour each time it comes to giving them the presidency. 

“In 1999, when Olusegun Obasanjo became the president, it was as if it was a compensation for them (Yoruba) because of Moshood Abiola like it’s not their right. 

“So, it is time to make the other region understand that Yorubas are also part of Nigeria, and the 2023 presidency shouldn’t be what we talk about or negotiate,” he said. 

The Oyo State born politician said during general elections, other regions will run to Bola Tinubu to canvas for votes, and after the election is won, nobody keeps to promise to support the region in return. 

“We are not talking about Yoruba nation now, the first thing is Yoruba presidency in 2023 which is not negotiable. It is high time Yoruba leaders come together and understand that the more divided they are, the higher the chances of them losing the presidency. 

“Nobody is doing Yoruba favour by bringing the presidency to them, they merit it because they have been supporting candidates from other regions,” the APC chieftain added.

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