Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President, has announced that shifting power to the southwest in 2023 will be an honour for the late for Chief MKO Abiola. He stated this when he entertained questions from State House correspondents after joining President Muhammadu Buhari to perform the weekly Friday’s Juma’at prayer at the Aso Rock Mosque, Abuja.
“The president and indeed our party must beware of divisive elements who are now proponents of retaining power in the north beyond 2023,” he said.
He went on to urge President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress [APC], to do more by also handing over to the 2023 presidential ticket to the southwest. Lawan said this on Saturday, June 15, in Yola, Adamawa State, in an interview with newsmen. Lawan also added that President Buhari Muhammadu should be praised for making June 12 Democracy Day.
Ahmed Lawan, cries out
He explained that because of his strong belief that power should shift to the southwest in 2023, a lot of people in the party have been looking for ways to suspend him. The Senate President said that he would still maintain what he believes should be the case even if he faces strong opposition from party members.
He said, "I have said it before and I believe that 2023 presidential ticket of the APC must go to the southwest. Since I made this comment last time, some members of my party have been hatching a plot to suspend me from the party but I am not moved and I will still hold my ground that power must go to the west.
"June 12 Democracy Day is a milestone in Nigeria's history and anyone who embraces Democracy in Nigeria should be proud of what Buhari has done and it takes so much courage to do.
Lawan added that many politicians have avoided talking about June 12 because of fear of being scandalized and the controversy surrounding it, saying that Buhari must be praised for making the date official.
He continued, "So many Nigerian leaders have shied away from talking or acting about it because of the controversy arising from the date and fear of being scandalized but this is what Nigerians want, respect, rule of law and honour for those who fought and bled for Democracy and that is what Nigerians should remember as significant for this date.
"It was not marked to spite or contradict anyone but to celebrate the common value we share in the belief in democracy as the best form of government that would serve this country and its people. And Buhari must be praised for this day.”