Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has said that it was not a must that the next president of Nigeria must come from the southern part of the country.
The governor, who reiterated his support for power to shift to the southern part of the country in an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast program, Sunrise Daily, yesterday warned his colleagues that politics was a game of numbers.
Zulum spoke against the backdrop of the declaration by southern governors in Lagos that power should shift to the south on Monday.
Rising from the meeting, the governors in a communique read by the chairman of Southern Governors’ Forum and governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, had said: “The forum reiterates its commitment to the politics of equity, fairness and unanimously agreed that the Presidency of Nigeria be rotated between southern and northern Nigeria and resolved that the next president of Nigeria should emerge from the south.’’
But Zulum in the interview clarified that the Southern governors were not wrong in calling for a power shift to their region, since it would promote unity, but frowned on the use of the phrase ‘’must.’’
He said: “I have said it times without number that I am of the view that the presidency should go to the south in the year 2023 because the unity of our country is very important.
“Secondly, inclusivity is very important. Thirdly, I am in the APC. Six or seven years ago, APC had zoned the presidency to northern Nigeria based on the agreement that in 2023, the presidency should go to the south.
“But again, this is politics. We are supposed to meet and discuss this issue among ourselves, among the political class.
“This statement that people are saying that the president must go to the south, I want them to remove the word must.”