2023 Election: Look beyond religion, focus on competence – Akeredolu tells Christians
The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has appealed to Christians in the country to look past faith and focus on the competency of presidential candidates, as regards the Muslim/Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Akeredolu, who harassed that the buck stops on the President’s table, emphasised that what is vital in 2023 used to be to have a President from the southern section of the country.
According to the governor, the North can’t retain strength in 2023 after spending eight years in office.
He stated that the struggle for the President of Nigeria to come from the Southern part of the country in 2023 must now not be in vain.
A declaration made reachable to journalists in Akure, the State capital through his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, stated the Governor 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, Oyo State capital.
Akeredolu defined that he led his colleagues in the Southern Governors’ Forum to demand a Southern Presidency regardless of stiff opposition from some quarters.
The governor claimed that after eight years in government, the North can’t proceed to rule come 2023.
He advised the populace to hold the opportunity of electing the next President alive, specially in the South-West, the place Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the APC is from.
Akeredolu praised Tinubu as the best candidate and stated that he possessed the knowledge and bravery essential to meet the nation’s difficulties.
”The North can’t produce President for eight years and still prefer to maintain it for another eight years. It is not going to work. That is why underneath the Southern Governors’ Forum, where, luckily, God made me the chairman, we stored hammering on that.
“It need to come to the South. And when it additionally obtained to our party in APC, we fought that it ought to come to the South.
“I apprehend our feelings because I’m one of you. I am a Christian. All of us right here are worried. What will be our gain, and that, why is my party, the APC throwing up a Muslim/Muslim ticket.
“It has been a real problem for all us. Even participants of the party, it has been an trouble for us. We have debated it, fought it and we have carried out so many matters on it. I have always stated to people, my battle was for Southern President.”