The South-East All Progressives Congress (APC) Integrity Group said it agreed with Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State that Nigeria’s president must come from Southern Nigeria in 2023, after President Muhammadu Buhari must have completed his second four-year presidential term.
The group, in a statement signed by Convener, Dr Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu, described Governor el-Rufai, “as being a reasonable and morally upright man, who knows that rotation of presidential power between South and North has become an established convention since 1999.”
The group stated the point was well made by the Laduna state governor that after President Buhari must have served out the North’s turn from 2015 to 2023, it must be the turn of the South to produce president from 29th May 2023.
“But we must go further to state that presidential power must not only shift to the South in 2023 but must be zoned to the South-East. That is because on the two previous occasions since 1999 that presidential power rotated to the South, South-West (President Olusegun Obasanjo) and South-South (President Goodluck Jonathan) took the South’s turns, both supported heavily by the South-East.
“In 2023, South-East must not only produce president of Nigeria, *South-East APC Integrity Group* wants the South-Easterner to become president of Nigeria on APC platform – the PDP having exhausted its goodwill in the South-East in particular and the South in general,” Jideofo-Ogbuagu said.
He added that the South-East APC Integrity Group, as a strategic, advocacy and pressure group within the ruling party, “has since immediately after the 2019 general elections been strategizing and pushing for sanitization, popularity and rapid growth of APC in the South-East.
“In good time before 2023, South-East APC Integrity Group wants South-East to have more APC card-carrying members than any other geopolitical zone in Nigeria.”
“And with the massive support of the other five geopolitical zones, a South-Easterner will become president of Nigeria in 2023, thereby ensuring justice, peace and continued oneness of Nigeria,” Jideofo-Ogbuagu said.
He said with a South-Easterner as president of Nigeria from 29th May 2023, “the group foresees outstanding governance of Nigeria and prosperity for all Nigerians.”