Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that he and other northern Governors never opposed the presidency going to the South in 2023.
He added that they were only against the language used in the resolution of the southern governors on the issue of power shift.
Recall that In the communiqué read out to journalists by the chairman of the Forum and governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong in the Monday’s emergency meeting, the governors had said: “The Forum observed that some northern states governors had earlier expressed views for a power-shift to three Geo-Political Zone in the south to promote unity and peace in the nation.
They however condemned the statement by the Southern Governor’s Forum that the presidency must go to the south.
Shedding light on the matter, el-Rufai whsaid that northern governors were alarmed that their southern counterparts will use the word “must” in their agitation for power shift to the south after the President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime in 2023.
He stated that the word ‘’must’’ was at variance with democracy which is characterized by negotiations and horse-trading by parties involved, often out of the public glare.
el-Rufai recalled that he and some other northern governors had earlier called for a power shift in 2023 in their individual capacities to foster national unity and togetherness’, adding that ‘’he was called names by his people for making that call.’’
He made these statement in a media chat with select Kaduna-based broadcast journalists on Tuesday night. He added that the media misrepresented the resolution of the Northern Governors’ Forum meeting which was held on Monday, on power shift.
He reminded that “the north has supported southern presidential aspirants in the past,’’ recalling that it ‘’supported Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s aspiration in 1999 and his re-election in 2003.”
El-Rufai said southern governors should have reached out to their northern counterparts on the issue of power shift instead of playing to the gallery.