Mamman Daura, a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari and with great influence in his government, spoke of the 2023 presidency, with the senior statesman saying the best person should be elected to succeed his relative.
The question of who takes over the leadership mantle from President Buhari was a major point of interest in the country when interested parties were hunting for top cadres in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking to the BBC, Daura said the 2023 presidency should be prioritized on qualifications and competence, rather than on tribal and regional interests.
According to him, the person who should replace their relative should be on what they can offer the country in terms of economy, security and socio-political development.
Daura said Nigeria does not need a rotating presidency, which he said has been done three times. Instead, he said that Nigeria must go beyond the region to elect its new leader in 2023.
“The rotation was done once, twice and three times – it is important that this nation is United as a whole, that the most qualified/competent (among the applicants) is elected, and not someone from one or another zone,” Daura said.
Meanwhile, it is reported that, as politicians continue to outplay each other in the run-up to the 2023 General election, founding member of the Congress of all progressives (APC) Buba Galadima stated that the leadership crisis shaking the party is the result of the 2023 presidential policy.
Galadima, who made this known during a conversation with the Daily Sun, further confirmed that the power play in the ruling party has a huge connection to the ambitions of some party leaders who want to succeed President Buhari after his tenure.
According to him, the national leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is not the only one who is eyeing a place of power in 2023, as he may find himself in a ring with the highest members of the hierarchy, including the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai.