Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was on Saturday, 8 August 2020 declared support for Southern person to be Nigeria president come 2023 transition.
El-Rufai made this known during an interview with BBC Hausa service which he said, “The southern part of the country is supposed to produce the president come 2023; I don’t support a northerner to vie for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari; based on Nigeria’s political arrangement.”
El-Rufai further stated that the principle of rotational presidency is fair; considering the agreement between both major political parties.
“However, in Nigerian politics, there is an arrangement that we all believe on rotational leadership. We are aware of that; anyone who denies that is wrong.”
El-Rufai, meanwhile, said he was opposed to power rotation arrangement in his state, Kaduna.
“In Kaduna, I don’t work with people because they came from a particular zone; rather, I work with you based on your capacity to deliver on a task given to you; and your ability to keep public trust,” he said.
On speculations that he was aspiring for the presidency position, El-Rufai said, “It is a baseless speculation. I don’t want to be president; only God decides someone’s future whether you like it or not, I have never shown interest for the presidency.”
We could recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew who is one of the powerful kitchen cabinet members of the president, Mamman Daura had earlier kicked against the idea of power rotation among the geo-political zones in the country.