HUMAN rights activist and former lawmaker in the 8th Senate, Senator Shehu Sani, has warned that unless the Southwest and Southeast unite, getting power to shift south in 2023 may be impossible.
Speaking on Saturday with FCT Council journalists, Sani said as much as he supports the rotation of power, certain conditions must be met to achieve a power shift in 2023.
“On the issue of power shift, my position is that in a nation like ours, that has gone through the experiences of civil war, coup, ethnic and religious crisis, it will be unfair for one part of the country to use their demographic or topographic advantage to hold on to power, knowing that it was not the topography or demography that delivered them power from the beginning.
“So rotation of power is what I prescribed and I stood for. Whether that power should go to the East or West is dependent on people from the South.
“And what I will say is that there is a possibility of producing a Northern president in 2023 if the East and the West remain divided in their resolve. It is the division that will be exploited, by those who are proposing the issue of competence,” he said.
According to him, his advocacy is in respect for the principle of rotation of power.
“But we should understand that the warning is that: my recommendation would come to nothing if we have a divided South.
“If you continue to maintain your historical rivalry of Azikiwe and Awolowo, then it will continue where it is,” he said.