The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has berated Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State for demanding that power must shift to the South in 2023.
Recall that Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum had said that the call for power shift to the South is in the interest of justice and fairness.
The governor added that any political party that fields a northern candidate for the presidency in 2023 risks losing the support of southerners.
He had said: “There are about three political parties that are in the Southern Governors’ Forum, we have the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress. All of us are unanimous in our position that the next president of this country must come from the South.
“For us, we are unanimous. It (the forum) is not a political platform. I believe that any party that picks somebody from the North would have to face the whole southern region because they will not support it”.
“It has to come from the South. We are saying that there must be what I will call rotation. The justice of it and the fairness in it are what we are preaching. If my president – President Buhari — has been in office for eight years, it can’t be from the North. The next president must come from the South.”
But in an interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT on Sunday, Arewa Youths President, Shettima Yerima, expressed disappointment over the statements credited to Akeredolu.
He stated that as a senior lawyer, Akeredolu should know better and stop using provocative words that will incite other people.
Shettima asked Akeredolu to stop threatening the North with zoning, adding that the governor cannot force anybody to implement zoning in the country.
He said: “Nobody can force anybody to implement zoning. It is unfortunate that you have a lawyer, who is supposed to be a learned person, who is a governor. The language he is using is very disappointing”.
“I am talking about the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu. He cannot tell anybody that it is a must that they zone. We are practising democracy and nobody can impose his wish on others”.