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2023: North could rule Nigeria forever -Okupe

doyin okupe

Doyin Okupe, a former aide to former Presidents, Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo, has warned that the North could rule the country forever,

He said this while cautioning the People Democratic Party, PDP, against giving their next presidential ticket to a northern candidate,


Okupe said if a Northerner takes over from President Muhammadu Buhari,  then it means the region could rule Nigeria forever.


Therefore, the former presidential aide called on the main opposition party  to adopt the zoning process which would allow the presidency shift to the South in 2023.


“If PDP picks a Northern candidate for the 2023 elections and because the Nigerian electorates are still largely parochial, that candidate wins at the general elections, then the north will rule for another 8years, making 16years at a stretch,” he said in a series of tweets. 

“If this type of  clever political manouvering is employed to alternate northern candidates between political parties, then it is possible for the north to rule the country in perpetuity.


“There is no doubt that what I am proposing is a form of political concession. But this is not strange in our political system and history.

“To assuage the SW in 1999 after Abiola’s unfortunate death, a national consensus was adopted to ensure the emergence of a southwest President.


“ Therefore for the purpose of equity, fairness and continued unity of the country, our party the PDP must categorically zone the presidency to the south.

“ To do otherwise is to exploit political crass opportunism which will be insensitive to the current feeling among most self respecting southerners in the country.


“It is an undeniable fact that cannot be ignored that a zone in the south is yet to produce an elected president.

“ The unity and continued peaceful coexistence of our nation can only be predicated on the time tested principle of equity, fairness and justice.”

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