Former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has requested a power shift to the South, arguing that it would be unfair for a Northerner to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after eight years in office.
Fayose, an ally of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, is among those who fought the opposition party’s presidential nomination, which was won by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
After the primaries, the PDP had urged all of its constituents to unite in an effort to unseat the current All Progressives Congress (APC).
Following Atiku’s selection of Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate, the PDP began to experience a post-primary crisis.
Atiku chose Okowa over Wike over the advice of certain party leaders.
Goddsday Orubebe, former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, abandoned the opposition party shortly thereafter.
Wednesday, Fayose stated that the southern area should produce the next president.
“The PDP Constitution stipulates a revolving presidency. The Party shall achieve its goals and objectives by adhering to the policy of the rotation and zoning of Party and public elective offices in accordance with the principles of equity, justice, and fairness.
“The current President of Nigeria is a 2-term Northern Presidency, indicating that in 2023, it MUST be a Southern Presidency or NOTHING.” Awa “South” lo kan”
Before Fayose’s tweet, the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, had stated that Wike would have been a better running mate for Okowa.