Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai on Saturday, August 8, explained that the presidency should go to a person from the southern part of the country come 2023.
El-Rufai made this assertion during an interview with the BBC Hausa Service.
He said, “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.”
El-Rufai further stated the principle of rotational presidency is fair; considering the agreement between both major political parties.
“However, in Nigerian politics, there is an arrangement that we all believe on rotational leadership. We are aware of that; anyone who denies that is wrong.”
El-Rufai, meanwhile, said he was opposed to power rotation arrangement in his state, Kaduna.
“In Kaduna, I don’t work with people because they came from a particular zone; rather, I work with you based on your capacity to deliver on a task given to you; and your ability to keep public trust,” he said.
On speculations that he was aspiring for the presidency position, El-Rufai said, “It is a baseless speculation. I don’t want to be president; only God decides someone’s future whether you like it or not, I have never shown interest for the presidency.”
El-Rufai’s position on power rotation to the South is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura, said he was opposed to the zoning arrangement.
Meanwhile, the United States, US Embassy in Nigeria on Friday, August 7, issued a warning to the citizenry about imminent violence ahead of the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states; due to the involvement of security agents in politics.
In a statement captioned: “US Embassy Statement on 2020 Off-Cycle Elections in Edo and Ondo States,” released on its Twitter handle; the embassy also urged political actors in Edo State to eschew violence ahead of the election.
The statement further explained that the US government would continue to follow political developments in the two states in the periods preceding the election.
It reads: “The United States supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results; and does not favour any party or candidate.
“We are concerned with reports of the deteriorating political climate in Edo State; and are disappointed with the role played by some political actors in the state.”