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Nigeria’s northern region won’t play second fiddle to any other region ahead of the 2023 presidential election, because the north has the numbers to produce a president, according to Director of Publicity and Advocacy of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.
There have been talks in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) about zoning the presidency to the south in 2023.
But speaking at the weekend at the maiden Maitama Sule Lecture Series that was held in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state, Baba-Ahmed said the north will not succumb to intimidation not to take a shot at the presidency in 2023.
The NEF spokesman said the north inherited leadership, and that the region “is not stupid” by being humble.
“We will lead Nigeria the way we have led Nigeria before whether we are president or vice-president, we will lead Nigeria,” The Punch quoted him as saying.
“We have the majority of the votes and democracy says vote whom you want. Why should we accept a second class position when we know we can buy a form and contest for first class and we will win?
“Why does anybody need to threaten us and intimidate us? We will get that power but be humble because power comes from God. We inherited leadership and being honest is not being stupid.
“We are ready for this. We will consider every economic adversity, challenge. We will fix the northern economy and we are the only ones who can fix this northern economy. For that reason, we are not for sale. We are in the process of rebuilding the north and we will rebuild the north from 2023.
“This is democracy. If they don’t like what Nigeria is, they will say they want to break up from this country, we don’t pay attention to those people, we are focused on the fact that we are running a democratic system.”