The former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has said it is good to beam the presidential searchlight to the southern part of the country,
Shekarau stated this while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, saying that the All Progressives Congress (APC) should zone the presidency to the South.
According to him, rotating the office of the President between the North and South will give citizens a sense of belonging, which is essential to the development of the nation.
“I have said it before (that) as far as the party I belong to is concerned – the APC, my proposal is that now that President Buhari is from the northern part of the country, he has done his eight years, let’s beam the searchlight to the southern part of Nigeria,” he said.
“Not because we don’t have enough competent people up North. If you say ‘let the other part of Nigeria produce the leader,’ that does not mean you are throwing to the dogs the issue of competence, the issue of credibility, and so on.
“While I agree we should go for the best and, therefore, throw it open regardless of which side of the country, we should also be mindful of aspect of the sense of belonging. You see, we must be mindful of the perception to give some sense of belonging to every part of Nigeria.”
You would recall that several calls have been made for political parties to zone it’s presidential seat to the South in the coming general elections.
Empire earlier reported the Northern Governors’ Forum, stance that the constitution did not give room for zoning the presidential seat.
The northern governors had said the approach by Southern governors was wrong. Shekarau, however, noted thus: “I subscribe to the view that we should be talking of the North and South, but where I disagree with the southern governors is coming together to gang up and say ‘it must be; I think this is purely the party affairs,” said Shekarau who shares the same view with the northern governors.