Nigerian Northern Elders under the aegis of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) says it may not support the agitation for the rotation of Nigeria’s Presidency to the South because of the way the Southerners are pursuing the project.
Spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who made the disclosure while reacting to the outcome of recently concluded Southern Governors Forum meeting, which endorsed the rotation of the Presidency.
The NEF alleged that the Southerners are going about the demand in a wrong manner that may offend the sensibilities of the Northerners.
He said the demand of the southern governors is not wrong, but the southerners would have to convince the northerners on what they (Northerners) stand to benefit if they shift power to the South and there must be a convincing reason and right candidate from the South, to persuade the North to elect a Southerner.
The NEF expressed its displeasure over the manner the southern governors and lawmakers, elected on the basis of the constitution and who understand that politics is about convincing people, are pursuing the southern presidency agenda, noting that votes and not agitations, would determine who becomes our next President.
The Northern Elders Forum cautioned legislators and governors from southern Nigeria over the way they are pursuing their cause, noting that if the demand by the southerners for rotation of the presidency is not properly handled, it might cause more problems than to solve it.
The forum reiterated that the southern governors, lawmakers and indeed the entire southerners must convince the northern region on why a southern presidency is the best for both the North and the rest of Nigeria, adding that this is a democratic country.
In pressing for rotation of the presidency to the south, the Southern Governors Forum is banking on the fact that by 2023, President Muhammadu Buhari must have served for eight and that the northerners should allow that.