Thursday October 28, 2021 12:36 AM

2023 Presidency: Governors should focus on competence, not zone- Ex-TUC President

Mr Peter Esele, former president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has called on Governors have  to concentrate more on the best Nigerian to contest and emerge as the President of the country rather than the zone or region that the candidate comes from.

He disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Benin.

According to him, the acconcerns of the state governors should be more on what would bring development to the country taking into consideration recent state of the nation.

He said: “One would have expected the governors to disagree on what services to deliver to the people and not the distraction of where the next president must come from.

“Not it is my ethnic group that will produce the next president. I am a card carrying member of the APC, and I know this is not how politics is played.

“This is how you kill a country, because what you have now is governors from the North and South indirectly by commission or omission dividing this country into republic of Northern and Southern Nigeria.

“These governors have not met in the South to say this is a roadmap to security that we should adopt and implement for the safety of our region, same with governors from the North.

“What they are always quarreling about is, it is my turn, it is your turn. They have turned Nigeria to a Turn-by-Turn PLC,”he said.

The former TUC president noted that ordinarily, disagreement among the governors should be on service delivery to the people who elected them.

“What we have now is which party will bring president from which region, and that is the most backward way to think.

“Underneath, this battle is not for the common man, but for certain cabal in both regions battling for how to get access into the Nation’s commonwealth.

“What we want is a president for Nigeria not a president for Northern Nigeria or Southern Nigeria.

“The next president can be from any of this extraction, but he must see everyone of us as Nigerian, not from tribe or religion background”, he said.

He also lamented the lack of respect for the Nigerian constitution by political leaders.

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