The Guardian (Nigeria)

‘ Why North should produce Buhari’s successor’

Group ignores Southern govs, backs Atiku Ex- VP urges AFDB, others to withhold loans for FG

- From Adamu Abuh, Sodiq Omolaoye ( Abuja) and Samaila Emmanuel ( Yola)

FORMER member of the House of Representa­tives, Mr. Karimi, Sunday, has explained why the North should still produce the occupant of Aso Villa when President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in 2023.

Sunday, who represente­d Yagba Federal Constituen­cy of Kogi State from 2011 to 2019, urged well- meaning Nigerians to key into the smooth arrangemen­t on ground and not over heat the system with unnecessar­y controvers­y as to which part of the country should produce the next President.

Sunday spoke against the backdrop of the call by the 17 southern governors that President Buhari’s successor must come from the southern part of the country, in line with the principle of equity and fairness.

minding the resolution by 17 Southern governors that the Presidency should be zoned to South in 2023, Atikukawai Media Group has declared support for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to run for the top post.

Founder of the group, Abdulrashe­ed Shehu, in a statement yesterday,

announced the appointmen­t of its national executive members that would project Atiku’s “visionary idea of sustainabl­e national developmen­t.” M

EANWHILE, Atiku, who owns American University of Nigeria ( AUN), Yola, said that due to massive corruption in government, the African Developmen­t Bank ( AFDB) should stop making funds available to the Nigerian government and concentrat­e on the private sector.

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