2023 Presidency: Southern Governors Shut Out Atiku, Kwankwaso, Tambuwal, Others
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Governors of the 17 southern states have unanimously agreed that the next President of Nigeria should emerge from their region, puncturing the ambition of prominent politicians from the North.
The governors under the aegis of the Southern Governors Forum (SGF) made their stance known on Monday after a closed-door meeting which lasted for about five hours in Lagos.
According to the communiqué by the governors, “The Forum reiterates its commitment to the politics of equity, fairness and unanimously agrees that the presidency of Nigeria be rotated between southern and northern Nigeria and resolved that the next president of Nigeria should emerge from the southern region.”
If this decision comes to fruition, it would have ended the ambition of key politicians in the North that have shown interest in contesting the 2023 presidential election.
A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, from Adamawa State, a former Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso from Kano State; Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State are among major contenders for the 2023 presidential poll. Others are Governor Bala Mohammed from Bauchi State and a former Governor, Ahmed Sani Yarima from Zamfara State.
Most of them have directly or by proxy indicated interest to vie for the presidency.
From the South, a former governor of Lagos State and National Leader if the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State; a former governor and senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Minister of Transportation and a former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi and a former governor, Donald Duke of Cross River State are among southern politicians who are said to be eyeing the number one position in the country in 2023.