Former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode, FFK, struck back at Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai, revealing that the South wants to restructure more than the Presidency.
This was after E-Rufai advised that the Presidency should go south in 2023 when President Buhari’s term expires.
El-Rufai was quoted by saying:
“The general political consensus in Nigeria is that the Presidency must alternate between North and South. It is not written, but everyone understands.
In some parties, like the PDP, it is written in its constitution, but it was violated in 2015. I think that every honourable politician must understand and respect this consensus, except that there is a mitigating circumstance that requires it to be defined separately, beside, what could this be?
Past President Yar’Adua died in office and it was mandatory for Jonathan to continue, but when the 2011 election came, many people insisted that Jonathan step aside so that a northerner could end Yar’Adua’s term, but I objected because I didn’t thinks it was appropriate that an incumbent who arrived there not for his own project should be prevented from contesting when the constitution did not prevent him from competing.
At APC, we have deliberately omitted the rotational Presidency in our constitution and the appearance of a presidential candidate does not take zoning into account and, therefore, in 2015, Okorocha, from the East, contested, Sam Nda-Isaiah, Buhari, Kwankwaso and others contested.
I can say that, unlike the PDP, APC does not have a rotating Presidency, but candidates are always selected strictly on the basis of political merit and general acceptance of the candidate.
I want to say that we, in the north of Nigeria, honour the agreements. We do not violate unwritten political agreements and I will be the last person to lead the breach of that agreement. I can have a personal vision, but that must be the basis. I don’t care where you come from, but I look for merit.
But as a group, the northern APC will have to sit down and endorse someone, probably someone from the South, because, after eight years of Buhari, I don’t think the Presidency should remain in the north unless there are mitigating circumstances. But, if everything is equal, we will honour our agreement and keep our words,” he said.
Femi Fani-Kayode responded by saying:
“For those who seek to appease us by saying that they can grant the Presidency to the South in 2023, I say that. The South is more interested in restructuring or total independence than the Presidency. Give us our freedom and keep your damn Presidency,” he tweeted.