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The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has challenged the Southern Governors’ position that the South should produce Nigeria’s next president in 2023.
The Forum made it plain that the North will not be compelled to hand over a democratically elected position.
According to Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, NEF’s Director of Publicity and Advocacy, the concept that the North would be indirectly coerced, bullied, or blackmailed into relinquishing an office that should be decided democratically is unacceptable.
The Forum views the southern governors’ choice as a statement of feeling that should be debated in the context of a political process.
According to NEF, “we are running a democratic government, and decisions about who will be the next president will be made by voters exercising their right to choose which candidate best serves their interests.”
Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed explained that the southern governors come from the two dominant parties: APC and PDP, saying that they must have some influence in those parties.
He noted that the way it should be done was that the southern governors should influence their parties to zone the presidency to southern states and then work to convince Nigerian voters from all parts of the country to vote for that candidate.