2023: Political parties eyeing northern candidates toying with Nigeria’s existence – Akeredolu warns

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Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday, warned that any political party that picks a northerner as their presidential candidate, would fail at the polls

Akeredolu stated that his colleagues, under the aegis of Southern Governors Forum were bent on ensuring that the next president of Nigeria comes from the southern part of the country.

Akeredolu made this known, when he received members of the Power Rotation Movement, led by Dr. Pogu Bitrus, who also doubles as the Chairman, Middle Belt Forum, when they visited him in his office, at Alagbaka, in Akure.

Akeredolu insisted that he stands and believes in a fair and equitable Nigeria, and stated that those opposed to power rotation were toying with the country’s continued survival.

Akeredolu praised the group for enlisting the help of young people in rallying support and votes ahead of the 2023 election.

“We have come out and announced that power must go to the south in approximately two or three meetings.

“Only a party willing to lose will pick a candidate from the north. You’ve evolved into a movement of political party members banding together.

“Fair and equitable power rotation is what we stand for. The only thing that is fair is that it should come to the south after 8 years in the north.

“Some people have argued that the presidency should be based on competence. Are they saying there are no competent ones in the south?”

Earlier, the Chairman of the movement, Pogu Bitrus, said, “Leaders in the south and middle belt met in Abuja and agreed that power should rotate to the south, that the middle belt and the south should move against any party that fields any candidate outside the southern part of the country.”

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