Sanusi faults zoning, says Nigeria may have 2 ‘useless’ presidential candidates in 2023

Says what Nigeria needs is a president who can deliver

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and ex-Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has knocked the idea of rotating the presidency between the northern and the southern parts of the country.

Sanusi said the political arrangement could leave Nigeria with two useless presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections.

Recall that southern governors recently resolved that the next president of Nigeria must be a southerner.

The governors also threatened to oppose any political party that presents a northerner as a presidential candidate in the 2023 elections.

However, Sanusi, while speaking during a television programme, said he has always been opposed to the idea of a rotational presidency.

Accord to him, what Nigeria needs is a president that can deliver. “Give me a president from any part of the country who can deliver and we should vote for him. He is not taking the presidency to his home town”, he stated.

On the Value-Added Tax (VAT) saga between the Federal Government and some State governors, the former CBN governor faulted the governors slamming the FG, saying they are also guilty of not distributing funds to the local governments.

“These governors fighting for VAT are extremely undemocratic. They hold on to money meant for the local governments yet keep complaining”, he said.

“The state governors complain about what federal government does to them but don’t care about what they do to the local governments, thereby ignoring the constitution.”

Sanusi maintained that if Nigeria indeed wants to practice true federalism, the Constitution must be respected at all tiers of government.

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