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Why APC Won’t Zone Presidency to South-west in 2023 – ex-minister

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A former minister of transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has claimed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will still field another northerner in the 2023 presidential election which is four years away.

Babatope said on Sunday, April 14, that the south-west zone of APC would be fooling itself if it believed the party’s national leadership would zone the presidency to the region in 2023.

He said the north would find it difficult to relinquish power after the end of the Muhammadu Buhari presidency in 2023.

Babatope, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Board of Trustees (BoT), said the northern region would not agree to rotation of the presidency when President Buhari completes his tenure in 2023

He said: “Whatever happens inside the APC is their headache. Some of our brothers in the southwest have been deceiving themselves that somebody from the southwest will be nominated by their party for the 2023 presidential election.

“But they are merely deceiving themselves because the north will not let go easily and, as such, they will not allow the southwest to field a candidate”.

There are speculations that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are being tipped to succeed President Buhari in 2023.