Former Kano State Governor, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, on Sunday paid a courtesy visit on the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at his Lagos home.
Shekarau has been a supporter of power shift to the South after eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari in the saddle.
Asiwaju Tinubu is expected to join the race for the 2023 election soon.
The meeting is said to be over the crisis rocking the APC in Kano State during which there were parallel congresses by the two factions of the party.
An Abuja High Court however upped the ante in the crisis when it upheld the congress conducted by the Shekarau-led faction.
Speaking in an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, recently, Shekarau asked APC, to zone the presidency to the South.
According to him, rotating the office of the President between the North and South will give citizens the sense of belonging necessary for the development of the nation.
He said: “I have said it before (that) as far as the party I belong to is concerned – the APC, my proposal is that now that President Buhari is from the northern part of the country, he has done his eight years, let’s beam the searchlight on the southern part of Nigeria.
“Not because we don’t have enough competent people up North. If you say ‘let the other part of Nigeria produce the leader,’ that does not mean you are throwing to the dogs the issue of competence, the issue of credibility, and so on.
“While I agree we should go for the best and, therefore, throw it open regardless of which side of the country, we should also be mindful of aspect of the sense of belonging. You see, we must be mindful of the perception to give some sense of belonging to every part of Nigeria.
“I subscribe to the view that we should be talking of the North and South, but where I disagree with the southern governors is coming together to gang up and say ‘it must be’; I think this is purely the party affairs.”
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