Former Vice-President and the 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has disclosed that the president in 2023 can come from any part of the country.
There have been talks and controversies, particularly among the governors as to the region that should produce the president in 2023 and succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Southern Governors' Forum had warned that the Southern region should be allowed to produce the president, threatening that it would never support any northern candidate for the 2023 polls.
The Northern Governors' Forum days later had met and replied their southern counterparts that zoning was not only unconstitutional but undemocratic.
the NGF had insisted that it would not be coerced to give up the 2023 presidency to the southern region.
Meanwhile Atiku is one of the northern bigwigs who might likely contest for the presidency.
Speaking on Thursday at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, Atiku said the geopolitical zone of the president is not the solution to the problems of the country.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has the right to determine its rules and how the party should be governed. The people of Nigeria also have the rights to determine who governors them.
““Where the president comes from has never been the problem of Nigeria. I can cite examples — neither will it be the solution.
“There is no such thing as a president from southern Nigeria or a president from northern Nigeria. There is only one — a president from Nigeria, for Nigeria and by Nigerians.
“Talking about inclusion, I will like to see a new national working committee of our party that has sizeable numbers of youths and women.
“The decision of NEC today will either see us PDP in the villa in 2023 or not. Since the inception, this party has faced serious challenges and has risen above sentiment to solve those challenges and move forward.”
The NEC is currently in a closed-door meeting to discuss the resolution of the zoning committee, among other issues, ahead of the party’s national convention on October 30.