2023 Presidency dominates political discourse as election nears
Governors from Southern Nigeria rose from a meeting on Monday and declared that Nigeria’s next President must come from the South in the interest of fairness and justice.
To this, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has demanded that the slot for the 2023 Presidency be extended to the South-East if the Governors truly want to champion fair play.
A spokesman for Ohanaeze, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, who said the group, backed the southern governors’ position that the region should produce the President in 2023, said the region must be magnanimous in conceding to South-East the Presidency.
The governors had met on Monday in Ikeja, Lagos State on the state of the nation.
The meeting came eight weeks after their last meeting on May 11, 2021, in Asaba, Delta State, where they banned open grazing and advocated restructuring, among others.
On Monday, the governors declared support for the rotational presidency, saying the next President should come from the South.
Rising from the meeting, the chairman of Southern Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, read the communiqué agreed to by the member state.
He said, “The forum reaffirms its commitment to the unity of Nigeria on the pillars of equity, fairness, justice, progress and peaceful coexistence between and amongst its people.
“The forum reiterates its commitment to the politics of equity, fairness and unanimously agreed that the Presidency of Nigeria be rotated between southern and northern Nigeria and resolved that the next president of Nigeria should emerge from the south.”