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2023: Ceding Presidency To North Dangerous For Nigeria’s Unity -Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chair­man of the Presidential Advi­sory Committee Against Cor­ruption (PACAC), has warned that ceding the 2023 presidency to the North will be dangerous for the country’s unity.

This is as he threw his weight behind the Southern Presidency come 2023 while speaking with Daily Independent.

According to him, it will only be fair if the South produces the next president after President Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner, who will complete eight years in office in 2023.

Sagay said, “There are about three political parties that are in the Southern Gover­nors’ Forum, we have the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress. All of us are unanimous in our position that the next president of this country must come from the South.

“For us, we are unanimous. It (the forum) is not a political platform. I believe that any par­ty that picks somebody from the North would have to face the whole Southern region because they will not support it”.

“It has to come from the South. We are saying that there must be what I will call rotation. The justice of it and the fairness in it are what we are preaching. If my president – President Buhari — has been in office for eight years, it can’t be from the North. The next president must come from the South.”

He continued, “I have been saying it in the last two years that the next pres­ident should be from the South­ern part of the country. I agree with the Southern governors absolutely. We have to commit to fairness and inclusivity if this country is to remain as one. We are so diverse. It is a country where two large parts are amal­gamated. They were not the same country before and that is still clear. So, the two sides must be involved in the governance of Nigeria.

“That issue of presidency must be conceded to the South now and then later to the North. The North is enjoying the peri­od of presidency which will end in eight years, after that, I think it will be very reckless for any­body who insists that the North should continue to have it.

“It is like behaving as if the other part of the country is irrelevant and can be ignored, insulted and not considered in the issue of governance. That to me is dangerous. We should just agree that the next presi­dent should be from the South”.

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