Fayose Dumps Atiku, Backs Southern Presidency

Former Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose says he will only support a southerner to emerge as President in 2023.

Fayose is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar, a northerner is the presidential candidate of the party.

He was one of the presidential hopefuls of the opposition party.

The former governor in a series of posts via his official Twitter account said considering the fact that the incumbent Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, is “a two-term northern presidency”, power must shift to the South in 2023.

He added that the constitution of the PDP recognises zoning and asked Nigerians to “await details soon”.

He said, “The PDP Constitution provides for a rotational Presidency. Section 3(c) provides that the Party shall pursue its aims & objectives by ‘adhering to the policy of the rotation & zoning of Party & Public elective offices in pursuance of the principle of equity, justice and fairness’.

“The current President of Nigeria is a 2-term Northern Presidency, thus implying that it MUST be a Southern Presidency in 2023 or NOTHING. Awa ‘South’ lo kan’. Nigerians should await details soon.”

Fayose in April withdrew his membership of the PDP Zoning Committee.

Fayose disclosed this in a letter dated April 5 and addressed to the Chairman of the committee, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

In the letter, Fayose cited his ambition to contest the party’s presidential ticket for the 2023 election as the reason for his withdrawal.

The PDP in May decided to throw open its 2023 presidential ticket to all sections of the country.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, disclosed this at the end of the PDP’s National Executive Council meeting.

The decision to throw open the ticket, he said, was in line with the recommendation made by the party’s zoning committee.