Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufazi has lashed out at his colleagues from the southern region of the country for the manner they are going about their demand for a 2023 southern presidency.
The governor, who reiterated that any power shift or rotation for the presidency can’t come automatically, said negotiations should have preceded public demands by the southern governors.
In a chat with newsmen yesterday, el-Rufa’i said no one should assume that they can sit in Lagos or Port Harcourt and decide what the North should do or who the North should vote for
He said if the south wants power, it should be prepared to sit with the North, dialogue and negotiate, then agree on who should be voted but not use compulsion to demand power shift.
His words: “We are not saying there cannot be rotational presidency, it can be done but you have to come and sit with the politicians in the North and dialogue and then we agree to give our support to the south but no one has the right to sit in Lagos or Port Harcourt and say whether northerners want it or not, they must relinquish power to the south, that is wrong, it is not how we do politics and in fact, it is foolish”.
EL Rufa’i was the first northern governor to suggest zoning of power to the North, but in recent times he has changed his stand and demand a negotiation from the southern governors.