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North not opposed to Southern Presidency- El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has denied that the North is against the South producing the next president.

He claimed that the North is only against the South acting as if it was their birth right to rule come 2023, since such claims are contrary to the constitution of the Federal Republic.

El-Rufai who spoke in Hausa, pointef out that “the North has supported southern presidential aspirants in the past,” recalling that it “supported Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s aspiration in 1999 and his re-election in 2003.”

“Notwithstanding their comments, the forum unanimously condemned the statement by the Southern Governors’ Forum that the presidency must go to the South.

“The statement is quite contradictory with the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended, that the elected President shall:- score the majority votes; score at least 25% of the votes cast in 2/3 states of the federation. In the case of runoff, simple majority win the election.”

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