On September 27, northern governors and emirs convened in Kaduna to express their vehement opposition to the southern governors’ demand that power be transferred in 2023. I assume I was not alone in being taken aback by the speed with which they did so.
Why The Northerners Reacted So Quick
My curiosity was piqued because I had not witnessed the same response from these august men when it came to the insecurity in the northern hemisphere. Since 2009, there has been visible bleeding in the historic region. The group has not taken a position on how to make the old region safe again for both extremely important people and the sons and daughters of nobodies, which is something I have not heard them say.
The possibility exists that they have not looked in the mirror to determine who is holding the cow and milking it. When it comes to security, it’ s a matter of life and death; when it comes to power transition, it’ s about ephemeral political advantages and interests. I was under the impression that security would take primacy in their considerations. It appears that this is not the case.
Why Power Shift Is Unlawful
To be fair to them, I did not anticipate them to agree with the governors of the southern states. That would be contrary to the national political nature of our country. As a society, the words yes and no are hardwired into our political DNA. For every yes, there must be a no from the south, and the reverse is true. As a result, the character and scope of our national conversation are both clear.
The section of their resolution that declares that power shift is unlawful is as follows: ” the chosen president must meet the standards which include receiving ‘ the majority votes, scoring at least 25% of the votes cast in at least two- thirds of the states of the federation. ”
Ex- president Goodluck Will Not Be The Party’ s Presidential Candidate
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, according to the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders Advisory Council in Oyo state, Otunba Adebayo Alao- Akala, will not be the party’ s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections if he eventually joins the party.
The former governor of Oyo state, who made the statement while appearing on Agidigbo 88. 5 FM in Ibadan, also revealed that there are some people in the APC that are currently in line for the Presidential ticket in 2023. Despite the fact that Jonathan, like many other Nigerians, is free to join the APC, Otunba Alao- Akala emphasised that Jonathan will not be the party’ s presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections, as has been implied by some individuals.
The APC president said, ” I am not saying that Jonathan cannot join the party, but he cannot be president under the APC in 2023. ” While I don’ t rule out the possibility of Jonathan becoming president in the future, I believe it will never happen under the APC in 2023 because some people are already in line, ” he added.
According to the former governor of Oyo state, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria, is capable of becoming president, as is Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and others, but that he doesn’ t have a choice at this time since he doesn’ t have a choice yet. ” The will of the party is my command, and because the party has not yet made a decision, I am not endorsing or supporting anyone for the time being, until the party makes a decision, ” he explained.
In contrast, Governor Seyi Makinde’ s administration, according to Otunba Alao- Akala, must continue to get support from the people of Oyo state because ” his success is everyone’ s success and his failure is everyone’ s loss. ”
Senator Isa Misau, who represents Bauchi Central Senatorial District in the 8th National Assembly, said on Thursday that Nigerians will be pleased if Vice President Yemi Osinbajo succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari rather than Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, as the country’ s next leader (APC ).
Nigeria Can Not Afford To Elect Someone With Health Challenges
The APC’ s Misau, who spoke in an interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT, said that while Tinubu, who had recently returned from the United Kingdom (UK), where he had undergone surgery is also good presidential material, Nigeria cannot afford to elect another person with health challenges as President in 2023. His contention is that the country’ s problems are too complex for a sick president to handle effectively, much like the former president, Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua, who succumbed to pressure in 2010.
” I view the Vice President as someone who is really dynamic, young, and clever, ” he stated. He also works as a law professor and is a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari. If the president decides today that he is going to take over to Osinbajo, I don’ t believe there will be any opposition, and I believe everyone, even the people of the South West, will embrace him.
” However, if they state that they wish to give over the reins of power to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, I will not object. At this point in time in Nigeria, I believe that we require a president who is in good physical and mental condition, both physically and mentally. ”
” We can’ t afford to take any chances with someone who is suffering from health problems. ” Nigeria’ s difficulties would simply exhaust you, just as they did former president Umaru Yar’ Adua, who was also drained by the country’ s woes. When Yar’ Adua first arrived, the disease was not as severe as it is now. However, as a result of Nigeria’ s issues, he became depleted and died. ”
” If they say today that it is Osinbajo, everyone would be delighted and everything will go smoothly for us. “