Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, a former Kano State Governor has advised the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress to put up a southerner as the presidential candidate in the next presidential election.
Speaking during an interview with British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa service on Wednesday in Kano, he said that any contrary arrangement will make some Nigerians to feel neglected and cause further division in the country.
He also noted that rotational presidency, though not included in the constitution of APC will ensure fairness and justice.
He said, “This is also the same with rotating the presidency between the North and the South. If we ignore power shifts, we are not being fair to ourselves and we are not fair to history. In my opinion, a power shift is necessary for all Nigerians to have a sense of belonging.
“For instance, the present six geopolitical zones are not reflected in Nigeria’s constitution, but it is a good arrangement. You cannot implement any policy in Nigeria without taking geopolitical zones into consideration.
“You see, the North alone cannot produce enough votes for the president. Likewise the South; it is only when we come together. My belief is not only geopolitical regions, there is no state in the federation that does not have a competent person to lead this country.
“I am of the opinion that we should exercise patience and bring our brothers from the South close to us.”
Reacting to the possibility of the People Democratic Party fielding a northerner as their presidential candidate, Shekarau said,
“Each is trying to outsmart the other. My advice to the parties (APC and PDP) is that they should not look at zoning from political exploitation, but what should be just and fair. Fair play and competence of the candidate should be the guiding principle.