2023: North has no justification to remain in power – Tanko Yakasai
Tanko Yakasai, an elder statesman, has stated that it will be unjust for Northern Nigeria to continue to demand the presidency in 2023, despite calls for power to be transferred to the South at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
WITHIN NIGERIA reports that there have been heated debates among stakeholders in the nation’s polity over power rotation between the North and the South ahead of the 2023 general elections.
At the moment, notable northerners such as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal, and former Senate President Bukola Saraki have shown interest in the presidency in 2023.
However, in response to Northerners’ declarations of interest, Yakasai stated that while he is not a member of any political party, it would be an injustice to the South for Northerners to seek the presidency once President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate expires in 2023.
He said, “How can it be that it is always us the Northerners that will rule? There is no justice in this matter, we rule, they (South) rules, that is justice.”
”I am wondering what the northerners will say to the people? What will they show to the citizens of Nigeria that they benefited or will benefit in order for them to give their votes?
”In the six to seven years, what have the northerners done? What achievement has the leadership accomplished that helped in the development of the country, its economy or any other development that helps the people?
”What major achievement do the northerners have that they can use to call upon all other Nigerians to give them votes again?’
The elder statesman said his interest in politics from the beginning had always been about justice, explaining that his support for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, was to make sure Nigeria went with the method of letting any president run his second tenure after his first; just like he said earlier.
He explained that if the first four years of the tenure are not enough for the president to accomplish his goals, then eight years will be enough for him as long as he has the plan on how to accomplish them.