– Sokoto state governor’s reported presidential ambition has already gotten leaders of the south upset
– The Southern leaders explained that Aminu Tambuwal’s move runs against the clamour for power shift to the south
– Recall that Tambuwal has started meeting some PDP bigwigs to actualise his 2023 ambition
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Southern leaders have frowned at Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s move as he has started intensifying his efforts to realise his presidential ambition.
According to ThisDay, the leaders expressed their displeasure after the news broke about the Sokoto governor’s bid for the country’s number one job.
Southern leaders who are unhappy said it runs against the clamour for power shift to the south from the north as there has been agitation for the presidency to move down after the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, Southern leaders on Monday, August 24, said Tambuwal’s ambition would increase the feeling of injustice and exclusion in the south, adding that it would be socially unjust for another northerner to rule after Buhari.
They also added that Tambuwal’s bid is unjustified given the fact that he plans to contest on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party whose constitution is engraved with the principles of zoning and rotation.
Though the Sokoto state governor failed to clinch the presidential ticket back in 2019 after he lost to former Vice president Atiku Abubakar, it appears Tambuwal has learned from the last election.
In a bid to actualise his 2023 presidential ambition on the platform of the PDP, Tambuwal has started making serious consultations with Nigeria’s political bigwigs.
It would be recalled that David Mark, a former Senate president, and Theophilus Danjuma, who had served as a minister of defence, were among those the governor spoke with recently.
The northern governor has reportedly tried to get former president Olusegun Obasanjo to his side as he fosters his mission.
Tambuwal paid an unscheduled visit Obasanjo on Saturday, August 22, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House residence in Ogun state.
However, Obasanjo’s media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, said that Tambuwal met his principal to discuss issues of governance.
According to Tambuwal, Obasanjo is a statesman who is still relevant for consultations on issues of governance and challenges of the country.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Mamman Daura, a nephew to President Buhari and a major influence in his government, spoke about the 2023 presidency, with the elder statesman saying the best man should be voted for to succeed his kinsman.
Speaking with BBC in an interview, Daura said 2023 presidency should be prioritised on qualification and competence, not on tribe and regional interest.
According to him, whoever has to succeed his kinsman must be on what he has to offer for the country in terms of economy, security and socio-political development. Daura said Nigeria does not need a rotational presidency which he said has been done three times.
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