The National Chairman, South-West Agenda for Asiwaju Tinubu (SWAGA), Senator Dayo Adeyeye, has said that the issue of power rotation would determine who wins the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Saturday, the former Ekiti South senator said the Muslim-Muslim ticket would not be a deciding factor.
He stated that Nigerian politicians are ready to scuttle any arrangement that would frustrate the rotation of power.
While stating that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, should forget about succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Adeyeye recalled the North moved against whatever plans by any political party to field a northern candidate in the 1999 election in the interest of justice and fair play.
He said this led to the emergence of two Yoruba men, Olusegun Obasanjo and Olu Falae, as presidential candidates of the PDP and the All Progressives Party in the 1999 general elections.
Adeyeye noted that Obasanjo ensured that the PDP fielded a northern candidate that would succeed him in 2007 even though strong southern candidates were party members.
The former lawmaker also said Nigerians rejected the re-election bid of the former president Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 because they believe in power rotation since the South had ruled for 14 years then.
He said, “The zoning arrangement which had been violated by the candidate of the PDP would determine the winner of next year’s election and not the same faith ticket. The Muslim-Muslim ticket is a distraction caused by the opposition against the candidate of the APC.
“Many Nigerians are not too keen on the Muslim-Muslim ticket. What is of paramount importance to them is that it is about time that power should rotate to the South.”
“Atiku’s argument does not hold water because when a president emerges from a political party, he becomes the president of the country and not that of his political party.
“Politicians are not more than 10 percent of the population of the country. The entire populace would determine the issue of rotation, not the politicians.
“The PDP elected a northerner as the national chairman in anticipation that power would rotate to the South after president Buhari, but Atiku betrayed Nigerians by contesting,” he said.