2023: What Have We Gained With The President Coming From The North – Babachir Lawal

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, as said having a president from the North as being an albatross around the neck of Nigerians, he said the economy isn’t improving nor has insecurity improve, so with this in hindsight the ex-SGF has said nobody in the APC can nor has the right to stop the Party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu from contesting the 2023 Presidency.

Babachir Lawal in his interview with Sunday Punch, Aug 2nd, canvassed a shift of power to go to the South, most particularly to the South-West. After he expressed dismay of some notable northern politicians politicking against Tinubu’s emergence and also accusing them of being behind the removal of Adams Oshiomhole as party National chairman, in bid to retain the Presidency in the north.
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Lawal accused some APC governors of fuelling the crisis in the party so they could take control of their own selfish political purposes. He said the overall goal of the politicians was to undo the current structure under the President, Muhammadu Buhari.

Lawal said,

“Those who wanted Adams Oshiomole out are more desperate because of 2023 because as a national chairman of a party, from my our own observation, there’s very little he could do to favour or impose a presidential candidate in his party.
“Except we want to bring the wrath of God on our heads, because of his role in building the party, equity and a sense of justice demand that he be given a chance in a free and fair system and let his luck prevail.
“Nobody with a clear conscience in the APC will deny Tinubu the opportunity to contest the Presidency. Nobody within the party has the moral right to even put a stumbling block on his path. The party must create an environment that is free and fair for anybody who wants to contest, including Bola Tinubu. Let the delegates, who must have emerged through a similarly free and fair process, decide who they want to vote for.”
Lawal also urged Buhari to support power rotation to the South to enable the emergence of his successor from the region.
“A just and equitable way of doing things is to agree, as gentlemen, that since the North has had its President for the second tenure, the opportunity should be given to the South to produce the next President,” he said.

Former SGF Babachir LawalBabachir Lawal added that the northern region’s hold onto power had been an albatross.

Babachir Lawal said,

“By the way, what did we get from several years of governance with the Presidency being from the North? Since the demise of General Sani Abacha, the country has been into crises of insecurity and poor economy.
“Along the line, we have also had vice-presidents who were northerners. We have had presidents who were northerners but for whatever reason, the system is not improving. Presidency from the North is like an albatross around our neck.”

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