The country’s Southern region must host the president in 2023, according to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
The Governor stated during a lecture on Wednesday, August 10, at the one-year memorial for Prof. Bankole Oke of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, that power rotation has been an unwritten agreement in the nation since the return to civil rule in 1999 and shouldn’t be changed at this time.
“A PARTY THAT PICKED SOMEBODY FROM THE NORTH AS ITS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IS NOT DOING SO IN THE COUNTRY’S INTEREST. (PETER) OBI HAS THE RIGHT TO CONTEST BECAUSE HE IS FROM THE SOUTH.
“WE ARE READY TO GIVE IT WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE SURE POWER RETURNS TO THE SOUTH IN 2023.
“THERE APPEARS TO BE AN UNDERSTANDING THAT POWER MUST ROTATE BETWEEN THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH. THIS UNDERSTANDING WITNESSED THE CONTEST OF TWO CANDIDATES FROM THE SOUTH-WEST FOR THE PRESIDENCY. IT WAS PART OF THE UNWRITTEN AGREEMENT THAT THE POWER EQUATION MUST BE BALANCED TO ALLAY THE FEAR OF DOMINATION HARBOURED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH.
“THERE IS A CONSCIOUS ATTEMPT NOT TO DISRUPT THE EXTANT AGREEMENT. THERE HAS BEEN A SEAMLESS TRANSITION FROM ONE CIVILIAN REGIME TO ANOTHER SINCE 1999, THE LONGEST IN THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY.
“THE CURRENT POLITICAL PERMUTATIONS RAISE STRONG SUSPICIONS ON AN UNDECLARED MOTIVE TO THWART THE ARRANGEMENT THAT HAS BEEN WORKING FOR THE COUNTRY. THE ROTATION OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT IS BETWEEN THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE FOURTH REPUBLIC.”