The Northern Elders Forum, NEF has rejected the position of the Southern Governors that the 2023 presidency should be zone to the Southern part of the country.
The group in a statement on Tuesday, while reacting to the southern governors resolution, stated that the Presidential office is a democratic and not a rotational position.
The group warned the governors that the north will not be threatened or blackmailed into giving up its right to a democratic office adding that it can be sought after by a person irrespective of where he/she comes from.
“NEF sees the decision of the Southern governors as an expression of sentiment that could be best discussed within a political process.”
“We are running a democratic government and decisions over where the next president comes from are basically decisions that will be made by voters exercising their rights to choose which candidate best serves their interest.”, the statement signed by the group’s publicity director, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed read.
He admonished the southern governors to influence their parties to zone the presidency to Southern states and then work to convince Nigerian voters from all parts of the country to vote for that candidate.