Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has clarified the position of the Northern governors on power shift to the South in 2023.
At a meeting in Kaduna on Monday, the Northern governors under the auspices of Northern States Governors Forum had said rotational presidency was unconstitutional.
They said this in reaction to the demand of their Southern counterparts who have demanded that thr region must produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
But in a chat with selected journalists, El-Rufai said no one should assume that they can sit in Lagos or Port Harcourt and decide what the North should do or who the North should vote for.
He said if the South wants power, it should be prepared to sit with the North, dialogue and negotiate, then agree on who should be voted but not use compulsion to demand power shift.
“We are not saying there cannot be rotational presidency; it can be done but you have to come and sit with the politicians in the North and dialogue and then we agree to give our support to the South but no one has the right to sit in Lagos or Port Harcourt and say whether Northerners want it or not, they must relinquish power to the South, that is wrong.It is not how we do politics and in fact, it is foolish,” he said.
El-Rufai was one of the first governors to suggest a power shift to the South.
In 2020, he had said it would be in the interest of fairness and unity for the North to relinquish power to the South after eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari.
After El-Rufai, similar statements have been made by other Northern governors such as Babagana Zulum of Borno State, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Aminu Masari of Katsina State.
However, some of the governors were part of the meeting of the Northern States Governors’ Forum in Kaduna, on Monday.