…Babachir Lawal, a close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari says retaining power in the North beyond 2023 is a selfish agenda to disrupt the President’s structure
The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal has said that political power embedded in presidency should be returned to southern part of the country in 2023.
The ex-Government’s Scribe in a media chat disclosed that the power reposed to the north over a long period has only been an impediment to the region as there is nothing seemingly to write home about.
“By the way, what did we get from several years of governance with the Presidency being from the North? Since the demise of General Sani Abacha, the country has been into crises of insecurity and poor economy.
“Along the line, we have also had vice-presidents who were northerners. We had presidents who were northerners but for whatever reason, the system is not improving. Presidency from the North is alike an albatross around our neck,” Lawal lamented.
Lawal, a close ally to President Muhammadu Buhari, therefore urged him to ensure the return of power to the South in 2023.
“A just and equitable way of doing things is to agree, as gentlemen, that since the North has had its President for the second tenure, the opportunity should be given to the South to produce the next President,” he said.
He stressed that the northern elite that still canvasses to retain power in the North beyond 2023 are doing so for selfish political reasons. He asserted that those bidding to retain presidency have skirmish agenda to disengage the structure erected by President Buhari. He further elucidated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should not be prevented from contesting the presidency in 2023 as the power is due to the South and any figure can show interest with constitutional eligibility.
While speaking on connection of the removal of the former National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole to pose a challenge to the emergence of Bola Tinubu as the ruling party’s presidential candidate in 2023, Lawal said there was no correlation.
“Those who wanted Adams Oshiomhole out are more desperate because of 2023 because as a national chairman of the party, from my own observation, there’s very little he could do to favour or impose a presidential candidate in his party.
“Except we want to bring the wrath of God on our heads, because of his role in building the party, equity and a sense of justice demands that he be given a chance in a free and fair system and let his luck prevail.
“Nobody with a clear conscience in the APC will deny Tinubu the opportunity to contest the Presidency. Nobody within the party has the moral right to even put a stumbling block on his path. The party must create an environment that is free and fair for anybody who wants to contest, including Bola Tinubu. Let the delegates, who must have emerged through a similarly free and fair process, decide who they want to vote for.”