Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai has clarified the position of the Northern Governors Forum on power shift.
The governors said rotational presidency was against Nigeria’s constitution in a meeting on Monday in Kaduna.
They responded to their counterparts in the South who have said that their region must provide the next president of Nigeria.
During the interview with select journalists, El-Rufai stressed that no one should assume that the north should be directed by people in Lagos or Port Harcourt.
According to him, if the south wishes to gain power, it should be prepared to sit down with the north, dialogue and negotiate, then decide who is to be voted for without using force to force a shift in power.
No one has the right to sit in Lagos or Port Harcourt and tell northerners whether they want it or not, they must relinquish power to the south, that is wrong, it is not the way we do politics. It is even foolish.”
El-Rufai was one of the first governors to suggest taking power from the north to the south
After eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari, he had said it would be in the interests of fairness and unity for the north to relinquish power to the south.
Buhari’s second term ends in 2023.
Other northern governors have made similar statements after El-Rufai, including Babagana Umara Zulu of Borno State, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State.
A few governors, however, attended a meeting of the Northern States Governors Forum, which took place in Kaduna on Monday.