The chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF) and governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has sent a warning to his party, the All Progressives Congress.
According to him, it is the turn of the South to produce Nigeria’s next president in 2023.
In a statement issued in Akure, the Ondo state capital on Tuesday, Akeredolu, who said it will be disingenuous for anyone to argue against rotation at this period, said the party must announce the zoning of the presidency to the South just as it has fixed various fees for the purchase of nomination forms.
While saying the principle of Federal Character is enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as amended, the governor noted that, “the party Executive Committee has fixed a fee for the purchase of the nomination form for the office. It is expected, fervently, that it will proceed to complete the process by limiting the propensities for disagreement to a region for possible micro-management.
“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.”
Akeredolu further stated that, “Our party, the All Progressives Congress, has started the process which will eventually culminate in the presentation of elected political leaders, who must steer the affairs of the country for another term.