The Governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu has warned the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC to avoid plans to shift produce a northern candidate in the upcoming 2023 Presidential Elections.
Akeredolu, in a statement made available to POLITICS NIGERIA, warned that it would lead to serious problems adding that the party should take a stand and declare that the next president of the country must come from Southern Nigeria.
The Statement read in part; “It is the turn of the Southern region to produce the next President. The party leadership should have no difficulty in making pronouncement on this very important issue, just as it has fixed various fees for the purchase of forms.”
“This must be done without delay. The principle of Federal Character is enshrined in the 1999 Constitution, as amended. It will be disingenuous for anyone to argue against rotation at this period.”
“We must not keep our party men and women guessing on the position of the leadership of the party. This is the time to weigh in and take control of the process.”
“No statement must suggest, even remotely, that the party harbours certain sentiments which may predispose it to consider throwing the contest open. This is certainly not the time for equivocation. EQUITY DICTATES THAT WE TAKE A STAND.”
The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.