Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of Ondo State, has warned that any political party fielding a northern candidate for president in 2023 risks losing southern support.

This was revealed by Akeredolu in an interview with Channels Television, which was watched by TheCable on Friday.


The Southern Governors’ Forum’s resolutions on the 2023 elections and the fact that the president must be zoned to the South, according to Akeredolu, the forum’s chairman, are for the sake of justice and fairness.

He stated that when President Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), a northerner, finishes his second term in 2023, the country’s next leader should be from the south.

2023 Presidency: If a northern candidate is fielded, southerners’ support will be lost, Akeredolu warns political parties.

“The Southern Governors’ Forum has around three political groups, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Peoples Democratic Party, and the All Progressives Congress,” Akeredolu added. We are all in agreement that the next president of the United States must be from the South.

“In our opinion, we are all in agreement. It is not a political platform (the forum). Any party that chooses someone from the north, I believe, will have to deal with the entire southern region because they will not support it.

It has to originate in the South. We’re arguing that there must be some sort of rotation, which I’ll call it. It is the justice and fairness of it that we are preaching. It can’t be from the North since my president, Muhammadu Buhari, has been in office for eight years. The next president must be a Southerner.”


In response to opponents who said that competence should take precedence over zoning in the 2023 election, Akeredolu stated that competent people could be found in both the northern and southern regions.

“There are a lot of competent people,” he said. We have capable people in the north as well as the south, so the president might come from anywhere in the country.”

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