Recent decisions of the 17 state governors from the South-West, South-East and South-South geo-political zones are scaring their Northern counterparts from giving the South the 2023 presidency.
The above caution comes from Sani Yabagi, the national chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) on Monday.
Mr Yabagi, who featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today, was reacting to the recent resolutions of southern governors, one of which demands that the protectorate must produce the next president.
Aside the request for power shift, other issues discussed at the gathering which took place in Lagos includes; Insecurity, constitutional amendment, PIB and anti-open grazing law with September 1, 2021 set as deadline for the promulgation among member-states.
Describing the development as gang up against the North, Mr Yabagi who was the 2019 presidential candidate of his party said the governors resolutions are not different from those of non-state actors like Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu.
Messrs Igboho and Kanu are agitators demanding the breakaway of the South-West and South-East geo-political zones. The federal government has recently moved against the duo in a bid clip their wings.
While Mr Kanu, a fugitive, was extradited back to face his trial on treasonable charges last week Tuesday, Mr Igboho is reportedly hiding after the raid on his residence on Thursday by the state secret police.
“The way they (governors) are going will scare the North and the North in fact controls the largest chunk of the vote they need to become the president of this country,” Mr Yabagi warned.
“All the things listed in that communique from their meeting seems to be a kind of ganging up against the North.
“When you look at the grazing issue, insecurity, the issue of politics of 2023, how can we have elected officials, governors for that matter, coming in this manner to emphasise things that divides us? Not talking about things that unites the country beats my imagination.
“It is unfortunate that we don’t have governors today coming together on issues of principle. These governors are not anything better than Igboho or Kanu or any person’s not elected to protect the nation.
“By now we shouldn’t be talking about these dichotomies that have nothing to do with good governance.
“I think we are getting it wrong and the earlier these governors wake up to their responsibilities of ensuring that this country remains one strong insolvable the better for everybody,” he added.