The 2023 presidency, though still some three years away, is one of the most recurrent debates that has dominated Nigeria’s political discourse since 2019.
Both the ruling All Progressives Congress and the lead opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have been making comments regarding the 2023 presidency ad their plans to win the election.
Many political stakeholders have also been making comments on the development just as there have been speculations about some key politicians who are interested in taking over the coveted seat after President Muhammadu Buhari.
Latest to speak on the development is the governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, a key member of the APC.
Governor Buni says Tinubu, El-Rufai’s presidential ambition will not destroy APC. Photo credit: Leadership newspaper
The Guardian reports that Buni told BBC on Saturday, February 15, that the speculated presidential ambition of the governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasiru El-Rufa’i and that of the APC leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu would not destabilise the party as many have feared.
He said APC would not have any problem in 2023 because President Buhari has laid a strong foundation through good governance.
Governor Buni also rejected the presidential rotation or zoning that many have been agitating for ahead of 2023.
He argued that restricting the presidency to a zone in 2023 will limit the choices of Nigerians during the poll.
Meanwhile, Tinubu has been endorsed by a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal as the best replacement for President Buhari when his tenure elapses in 2023.
Babachir issued the endorsement in an interview he had with Daily Sun newspaper which was published on Sunday, February 2.
Although Babachir said he was not advocating a switch of power from the north to the south, he maintained that Tinubu, a southerner, was the best person to replace Buhari in 2023.