It is the turn of the South to be President, Fayose cries out

O. Adejo

Former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has stated that Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, cannot be Nigeria’s president in 2023 because it is the turn of the southern region.

On Wednesday, the candid PDP leader tweeted, “The current President of Nigeria is a two-term Northern Presidency, implying that it MUST be a Southern Presidency in 2023 or NOTHING.” ‘South’ lo kan’. Nigerians should expect more information soon.”

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is set to end his eight-year tenure in May 2023. After winning his party’s presidential primary election in May, Atiku Abubakar, who is from Adamawa State in the North-East, is plotting to succeed President Buhari.

Before his election, there were rumblings against the PDP’s decision to open the position, which went against the spirit of the party’s constitution, which favours zoning of offices.

Mr Fayose emphasised that the PDP’s constitution calls for a rotating presidency.

“The PDP Constitution establishes a rotating presidency.” Section 3 (c) states that “the Party shall pursue its aims and objectives by adhering to the policy of the rotation and zoning of Party & Public elective offices in accordance with the principles of equity, justice, and fairness,” he added.

However, Mr Fayose’s tweet has come under heavy attack and criticism from many of his supporters.

The opposition, PDP, has struggled with internal divisions since Atiku emerged as the party’s flag bearer, even as he chose Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.

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