From Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
The Southwest Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has thrown its weight behind the previous governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari’s place that energy should shift to the South in 2023.
The get together mentioned Yari’s place had proven that there are extremely progressive and patriotic individuals within the North who’ve unflinching perception within the unity of the nation.
The Southwest APC counseled the previous governor for becoming a member of the league of Northern elites canvassing for the South to supply President Muhamnadu Buhari’s successor.
Yari, had in a chat with The Nation, mentioned with President Muhammadu Buhari serving out his second time period in 2023, that energy ought to routinely return to the South within the spirit of rotational presidency that has turn into a silent conference within the Nigeria political area.
In a press release in Ado Ekiti, on Sunday, the APC Southwest Publicity Secretary, Karounwi Oladapo, mentioned that it had at all times been his ardent perception that the presidency can solely return to the South with concession and vast consultations throughout the North.
Karounwi famous that his earlier remarks that energy could stay on the North within the 2023 after Buhari’s tenure, was not supposed to decrease the South, however was made based mostly on the benefit the North enjoys within the Nigeria’s political configuration in view of their numerical energy.
He mentioned: “With this assertion coming from considered one of our reverred leaders within the North, Abdulaziz Yari, our fears within the South are steadily being allayed.
“In case you have a look at the political configuration of this nation, one would discern that when it comes to numerical energy and voting, the North enjoys higher leverage than the South.
So, I’m one of many southerners who imagine that the South has a dimmed and distant possibilities with North nonetheless struggling to seize the Presidency in APC in 2023.
“Politics is about consultations and concession. When you’re contesting in opposition to a stronger political facet in politics, the problem of session turns into a greater instrument to deploy.
So, the South should seek the advice of extra , somewhat than relying solely on the rotational precept that had no authorized fecundity.
“However with this assertion from former Governor Yari and the one earlier made by Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, I imagine that our Northern compatriots are starting to see issues from the identical spectrum like these of us from the South.
“The unity of this nation is essential and the precept of rotational presidency stays one of many fulcrums on which it’s anchored, if the political apply is sustained faithfully like we are attempting to do.
“We commend former Governor Yari for displaying statesmanship by viewing the extremely inflammable situation from a broader perspective, which borders on our unity and we’re grateful to him.
“We cost the PDP leaders within the South to make related request from their compatriots within the North, in order that the nation can return to 1999 period when main political events picked their presidential candidates from the South for the rotational presidency to turn into a norm .
On the APC governorship main in Ondo State, Karounwi appealed to all of the 12 aspirants to show maturity and harp extra on points that may unite the get together, somewhat than these that may trigger unwarranted cleavages.
He mentioned: “All of the aspirants are leaders of substance in our get together. They’d toiled and moiled to construct a celebration we might all be happy with and we don’t anticipate them to resort to brigandage to win our ticket.
“We anticipate them to be actual loyal and dedicated get together males by accepting the end result of the first and work for the victory of whoever emerges within the coming election in October.”