The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has voiced dissatisfaction with Ondo state governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s recent utterances on the matter of presidential zoning in 2023, claiming that the governor has no authority to threaten anyone.
In an interview on Sunday, Yerima Shetimma, the leader of the Northern Youth Coalition, argued that no one can force anyone to apply zoning, as Akeredolu has threatened in recent interviews.
Any political party that fields a northern candidate for president in 2023, according to Akeredolu, the Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum, risks losing southern support.
He stated that when President Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner, finishes his second term in 2023, the country’s next leader should be from the south.
“The Southern Governors’ Forum has about three political parties: the All Progressives Grand Alliance, the Peoples Democratic Party, and the All Progressives Congress,” he says.
We are all in agreement that the next president of the United States must be from the South.
“In our opinion, we are all in agreement. It is not a political platform (the forum). Any party that chooses someone from the north, I believe, will have to deal with the entire southern region because they will not support it.”
“It has to come from the south,” says the narrator. We’re arguing that there must be some sort of rotation, which I’ll call it. It is the justice and fairness of it that we are preaching. It can’t be from the North since my president, Muhammadu Buhari, has been in office for eight years. The next president must be a Southerner.”
Shetimma, on the other hand, pushed back against Akeredolu’s position, saying, “Nobody can force anyone to implement zoning.” It’s sad that you have a governor who is a lawyer who is supposed to be knowledgeable. He’s speaking in a very disappointing manner.”
“I’m referring about Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State. He is unable to tell anyone that they must zone. We are a democratic society, and no one has the authority to impose his or her wishes on others.”