Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor must come from the southeast region, POLITICS NIGERIA reports.

The former Nigerian leader said this when he addressed members of Political Action Committee (PAC) of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who visited him recently at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta in Ogun State. They were there to solicit his support for the quest for a Nigerian President of South-East extraction.

“The next president of Nigeria must come from the South East. The least acceptable minimum is a president from the Southern part of Nigeria”, Obasanjo was quoted by Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s spokesman, Alex Ogbonnia, as saying.

Obasanjo added: “Federal character, rotation of power and such other measures are meant to help our nation-building process and more sure-footedly, move Nigeria forward.”

With President Buhari due to step down next year after serving two full terms, the race to succeed him is wide open with more than 20 ruling party candidates registering to contest the primary vote.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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