The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said it is an insult for another northerner to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Wike, those clamouring for such are playing on people’s intelligence.
He said this amid the presidential ambition of former vice president Atiku Abubakar who is also from the north like Buhari.
The Governor spoke at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Sunday, as contained in a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri.
According to Wike: “You play on people’s intelligence; you say Nigeria is not ripe for muslim-muslim ticket, I agree. But Nigeria is ripe for presidency to remain in one zone? I mean, just look at the insult. You blow hot and cold.”
The governor said the North would be cheating other regions by producing Buhari’s successor in 2023.
“Most of you just sit there; you don’t ask yourselves questions. Somebody continues to sell these kinds of cheap ideas. You don’t ask the person, I agree with what you are saying, but look at what we are saying here.
“Your party wants the presidency to go to the same zone where President Muhammadu Buhari is coming from. Who is cheating who?”