Nigeria’s ex-Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has stated that it is not compulsory the north must cede power to south in 2023.
He also claimed that the Governor of Adamawa State, Jibrilla Bindow, betrayed President Muhammadu Buhari before adding that it led to the poor performance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state during the presidential and governorship elections.
Lawal who told Aid-Oghie Paulinus that it is not compulsory the north must cede power to south in 2023, added that every part of the country was qualified to produce a president for the country. On insinuations that the North may not cede power to the South in 2023, he said;
“I don’t attend any meeting in which a so called north takes decisions. If there is such an organization that takes those decisions, they don’t invite me. For obvious reasons, I am a democrat and I believe every part of Nigeria has qualified candidates for the presidential. Every part of Nigeria! Indeed, I don’t see why the… even if it is in the north, if we say the Northwest has produced a presidential candidate, the Southwest had produced one, I don’t see why the North Central can- not produce or the Northeast cannot produce just as South-South, Southeast, Southwest and even Northwest can still produce. The constitution doesn’t say it is prohibited. And as I said, I believe every zone, every state, has capable people that can run this country effectively.”
On if deputies should always succeed their principals like Osinbajo succeeding Buhari in 2023, he said;
“It is not in the constitution, so it is not a principle. Principle of what? It is not in APC constitution, it is not in the national constitution, it is not in the Bible, I don’t know whether it is in the Koran; I don’t know. So, I don’t see how it became a principle.”