The fate of Buhari’s successor is in the hands of APC governors — Arewa groupJune 3, 2022
The Leader of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shettima, has said the ball is in the court of the All Progressives Congress, APC, governors to allow or disallow President Muhammadu Buhari dictate to them on who succeeds him in 2023.
Shettima disclosed this to Vanguard on Thursday in an interview, while responding to President Buhari’s appeal to APC governors on Tuesday that they should let him choose the presidential candidate of the ruling party.
The AYCF leader also registered his views on other trending national issues revolving around the 2023 presidential elections.
“On President Buhari’s request to be allowed to choose a successor, it is up to the Governors to allow or disallow him.
“Meanwhile, we can only wait to see what happens. Will they grant the president’s wish?
“We only know that no governor has even commented on the President’s request yet, so it might be premature to take a definite stand,” Shettima said.
When asked about the emergence of a former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and grievances of Southerners as regards the North dishonouring zoning formula, he said, “Well, our position has always been about the golden rule of democracy: Let the majority have their way and let the minority have their say.
“And this is without prejudice to where a candidate hails from.
“If the APC should decide to field a Northerner too, let him or her test their popularity and acceptability at the polling stations, as Nigerians.
“But I must add that if the PDP decided to field Atiku just because the North-East has never produced a President for Nigeria, the APC could also field either someone comparatively younger than Atiku or a person from the North-Central, which has also never produced a president for Nigeria.
“Our number one wish is having a young president for Nigeria in 2023. We need a new face and younger Nigerian at the helms of affairs in this country by 2023.”