The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has begged Nigerian Christians to look beyond religion and focus on the competence of the presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Stressing that the buck stops on the President’s table, Akeredolu added that what is important is to have a Southern president come 2023.
The Ondo Governor, who is also the Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, insisted that the North can not retain power after spending eight years in office.
Akeredolu spoke on Sunday at the 40th Holy Ghost Convention Dinner of The Sword of the Spirit Ministries held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Agbawo, Ibadan.
The Governor explained that he led his colleagues in the Southern Governors’ Forum to demand a Southern Presidency despite stiff opposition from some quarters.
He called on the people not to throw away the chances of producing the next President, particularly from the Southwest where Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu hails from.
Akeredolu said, ”I discussed with Bishop Francis Wale Oke that presidency must come to the South. Take it or leave it, it is the minimum we can get. It must come to the South. The North cannot produce President for eight years and still want to retain it for another eight years. It is not going to work.
“That is why under the Southern Governors’ Forum, where, luckily, God made me the chairman, we kept hammering on that. It must come to the South. And when it also got to our party in APC, we fought that it must come to the South.
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