The Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the influential Northern Elders Discussion board (NEF),Dr.Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has branded proponents of a southern president in 2023 as lazy politicians who’re in search of a shortcut to energy.
Baba-Ahmed says whereas there may be nothing mistaken in having a southerner as Nigeria’s chief in 2023, these searching for the workplace and their supporters ought to launch into ” the laborious work of persuading Northerners ” and different Nigerians to vote for them.
Such aspirants, he says, ought to guarantee voters that after they finally get into workplace they won’t turn into ” southern or northern president, however a Nigerian president.”
“We don’t need one other tribal or regional president,” he instructed The Nation in an interview in Kaduna.
In his view Nigeria’s actual problem is having a “political management that’s fully undeserving to be main this nation,” and never rotational presidency.
In line with the previous Secretary of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), voters ought to be allowed to determine who guidelines them.
“Energy doesn’t return or go anyplace, energy is decided by voters; this is the reason we have now a democratic course of, we’re a democratic nation,” he stated in response to a query on the latest name by Southern governors that the presidency ought to return to the south after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023.
” Voters ought to determine who they wish to vote for.
“Since 1999, Nigerians have been voting; we voted a southern president in 1999 to 2007, we then voted a northern president in 2007 who dominated for under two years and a southern president accomplished his tenure and was voted once more in 2011.
“Then, we voted a northern president in 2015. In all these instances, it was the ability of the voters that decided who turns into the President.Votes don’t carry regional connotation.
“The democratic course of says Nigerians ought to train proper, that each Nigerian above the age of 18 is certified to vote for who they wish to be president, that’s it. You can not arm-twist that provision.”
He says even when the political class decides that presidential candidates within the subsequent election should come from the south, it can’t “insist that voters from the northern a part of the nation should vote a southern candidate or that every one political events should subject southern candidates.”