The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has stated he would not lend his support to a northern candidate for the presidency in 2023.
El-Rufai made this known on Saturday in an interview. According to him, the issue of zoning the presidential seat is necessarily unconstitutional, but is based on the country’s political agreement which he felt must be fulfilled.
The current president, President Muhammadu Buhari is from the North.
El-Rufai stated, “The southern part of the country is supposed to produce the president come 2023; I don’t support a northerner to vie for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari, based on Nigeria’s political arrangement.
“That is why I came out and said that after President Buhari has been in office for eight years, no northerner should run for office. Let the southerners also have eight years.
“If you look at how I am, I don’t take anyone to work with me for the zone he came from. The eligibility I look at is if who is entrusted to the public will hold it properly.”
The Governor, disclosed that he is not interested in running for president in 2023 and called such rumours of him running as bogus.
He said, “It has been said that I have loved the presidency since I was a minister in the FCT. This is nonsense. I do not want the Nigerian presidency. God gives power, whether you like it or not, if He wants it, He will give it to you, but I have never sought the presidency of Nigeria, no one can say I have ever sought it.”
Mamman Daura, President Buhari’s nephew, had earlier said in an interview that he was not in support of zoning the seat of the presidency.