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President Muhammadu Buhari. Source: State House

A northern elder statesman Junaid Mohammed has said it does not matter where President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor comes from in 2023.

Concise News understands that Buhari, who is from the northern part of the West African nation, is expected to hand over to someone from the south at the end of his tenure in 2023.

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This is due to the country’s unwritten power rotation principle for the number one seat in the nation.

However, Junaid does not believe that the presidency should be rotated, saying the best candidate should win and lead Nigeria irrespective of where he comes from.

“What do you mean by morally right? Politics and morals are two different aspects of human endeavour,” he told Daily Independent when asked if it is right for a northerner to aspire for the presidency in 2023.

“First and foremost, if you know my history, from the Second Republic, I have never supported the idea of zoning or rotation.

“Though many Nigerians accept the idea of zoning or rotation, I don’t. But at the same time, the South East has not accepted the principle.”

He added that the “PDP accepted the principle because they want everybody to have the opportunity to steal public money. They want it to go round.

“If Nigerians are serious, if a party because of zoning should put forward an unpopular or unacceptable candidate, they should simply refuse to vote for him.

“But in a democracy, saying we should dedicate certain positions to some people in what is supposed to be a democratic free and fair election is wrong.”

Buhari was re-elected as Nigeria’s president in 2019 after beating the candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.