2023: Obasanjo Dumps Atiku, Says Next President Must Come From South
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said that the 2023 election must be a turning point for the country
He said the next Nigerian president after the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari must be a southerner.
Obasanjo said this on Sunday when the leadership of Mzough U Tiv, a Benue socio-cultural group, paid him a visit at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
He asked Nigerians not to let emotions cloud their decisions at the polls in 2023, adding that he is in support of a change of leadership from the north to the south.
Obasanjo appears to have dumped the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as he argued that the next president of Nigeria must be a southerner.
Atiku, who was Obasanjo’s deputy from 1999 to 2007, is the leading northern candidate in the 2023 race.
The former president urged the middle belt to subsequently advocate for power to come to the south.
“If Nigeria is ready to get it right, the 2023 election should be a turning point. We should not go for emotion that will destroy us,” he said.
Obasanjo said with the growing population of the country, agriculture will be the solution to feeding Nigerians and not oil and gas.
“Only farming and agribusiness could tackle the nation’s growing population. Farming and agribusiness are what will feed the nation,” he said.
Obasanjo encouraged Tiv people to focus on farming and agribusiness, adding that he hopes to establish an industry in the state next year.
Iorbee Ihagh, leader of the group, said the visit was “basically to interface with you as our former head of state, a political pillar, a nationalist and elder statesman to appreciate your overwhelming love, passion and concern you have demonstrated over the Tiv people”.
He asked the former president to consider the need for the establishment of a fruit juice industry in Benue state and the power-sharing formula in the country.
“With regards to the current power equation in the country, we in the Mzough u Tiv in conjunction with the Middle Belt Forum had unanimously resolved for power shift from the north to the south for fairness, justice and a true federalism,” he said.
“We want to call on your excellency and other well-meaning Nigerians to strictly adhere to the principle of rotation and distributive justice. If this is enforced, the middle belt would also be assured of producing the next president come 2031.”