More than 10,000 protesters took over the national headquarters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday over alleged plans by both political parties to locate their presidential tickets. in the north.
Speaking on behalf of protesters in Abuja yesterday, Nigerian Citizens Concerned About Shift South Convener Femi Osabinu told leaders of both parties that southern Nigeria should be allowed to serve as president in the country from 2023.
According to Osabinu, any consideration outside of a southern presidency could destabilize politics.
Osabinu said that the rotation of power in Nigeria goes beyond the mere aspiration of political parties, explained that a settlement is also a tool to ensure national unity and stability, and insisted that candidates from the south should be allowed to of Nigeria hold the position of president. in the country they come for the sake of equity.
His words: “We are seriously concerned as patriotic Nigerians, that with only days to go before your party’s presidential primaries, the party has not yet intimated Nigerians about its decision, regarding where it is zoning the presidential ticket.
“Remember that the rotation of power in Nigeria goes beyond the mere aspiration of political parties, but also a tool to ensure national unity and stability, and in this regard, candidates from southern Nigeria should be allowed to occupy the post of President in the country comes 2023.
“We also want to remind you that the established convention is that power should rotate between the North and the South. Therefore, a president of northern extraction follows the one of southern extraction and vice versa. Any consideration outside of this is disgusting and can destabilize politics.
“It is only fair that after President Muhammadu Buhari, power should come to the south. Any argument against this is hostile to the unity and stability of our nation.
“It is fair that once the above positions and power are ceded to the South, we will not only be abiding by this established convention of rotation of power, but we will also be contributing to the urgent need to restore stability and national cohesion, back to our policy.
“It is the turn of the southern part of the country to produce the next president, and we believe that your party should have no difficulty in coming out with a categorical statement on this very important issue in the coming days. This must be done without delay.
“The principle of Federal Character is enshrined in the 1999 Constitution, reformed. Remember, there will be no APC if there is no country called Nigeria. Let us put Nigeria first in our resolutions.
“While we wish them well as we move towards the general election, we wish to reaffirm that nothing more than the rotation of power to the South will be acceptable to us and our people.”