I’ve No Presidential Ambition In 2023, Let It Return To South, Says El-Rufai

Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai has said the next president of Nigeria should come from the southern part of the country.

In an interview with BBC Hausa service today (Saturday), El-Rufai said he will not support a northerner to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.


The governor said the idea of rotating the presidency may not be constitutional, but it is based on the country’s political arrangement.

“In Nigerian politics, there is a system of rotation, in which everyone agrees that if the north rules for eight years, the south will rule for eight years.

“That is why I came out and said that after President Buhari has been in office for eight years, no northerner should run for office. Let the Southerners also have eight years.

“If you look at how I am, I don’t take anyone to work with me based on  the zone he comes from. The eligibility I look at is if he’s is entrusted to the public will he hold it properly,? he said.

He added that it is baseless for anyone to insinuate that he would contest for presidency in 2023, saying he does not have any interest in the office.

“It has been said that I have loved the presidency since I was a minister in the FCT. This is nonsense. I do not want the Nigerian presidency. God gives power, whether you like it or not, if He wants it, He will give it to you, but I have never sought the presidency of Nigeria, no one can say I have ever sought it,” he said.

In an interview with BBC Hausa service in July, Mamman Daura, the president’s older nephew, said it is better for competence to prevail over zoning in government positions.

Daura’s comments attracted criticisms from socio-ethnic groups and some personalities in the country.

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