El-Rufai: I won't support a northerner as Buhari's successor...power should return to the south / El-Rufai

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, says he will not a northerner as President Muhammadu Buhari's successor.

In an interview with BBC Hausa on Saturday, the governor said power should return to the south in 2023.

According to him, there's need to stick to the zoning arrangement in the country to ensure stability even though such is unconstitutional.

He went on to dismiss claims in some quarters that he is nursing presidential ambition ahead of the forthcoming general elections, noting he was not interested in the country's topmost political seat.

His words: “In Nigerian politics, there is a system of rotation, in which everyone agrees that if the north rules for eight years, the south will rule for eight years.

“That is why I came out and said that after President Buhari has been in office for eight years, no northerner should run for office. Let the Southerners also have eight years.

“If you look at how I am, I don’t take anyone to work with me for the zone he came from. The eligibility I look at is if who is entrusted to the public will hold it properly.

“It has been said that I have loved the presidency since I was a minister in the FCT. This is nonsense. I do not want the Nigerian presidency. God gives power, whether you like it or not, if He wants it, He will give it to you, but I have never sought the presidency of Nigeria, no one can say I have ever sought it.”

The development comes days after Buhari's nephew, Mamman Daura, advocated an end to arrangements that relegate competency in determining who emerges president.