Governor Nasiru el-Rufai of Kaduna State has said he has no ambitions to contest for president in 2023, insisting he will only back a candidate from the south of Nigeria.
El-Rufai, who spoke to BBC Hausa on Saturday said he would not support a northern candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in office.
He said, “In Nigerian politics, there is a system of rotation, in which everyone agrees that if the north rules for eight years, the south will rule for eight years.
“That is why I came out and said that after President Buhari has been in office for eight years, no northerner should run for office. Let the Southerners also have eight years.”
The governor, who has long been rumoured to be eyeing the presidency dismissed any suggestion he planned to contest in 2023 and stands by the political understanding of rotating the presidency between the north and the south.
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He said, “If you look at how I am, I don’t take anyone to work with me for the zone he came from. The eligibility I look at is if who is entrusted to the public will hold it properly.
“It has been said that I have loved the presidency since I was a minister in the FCT. This is nonsense. I do not want the Nigerian presidency. God gives power, whether you like it or not, if He wants it, He will give it to you, but I have never sought the presidency of Nigeria, no one can say I have ever sought it.”