The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has stated that those geo-political zones that have been promised producing the president in 2023 should demand a written agreement to that effect before being swayed by such promise.
He said such agreement should be signed by the presidential candidates and chieftains of the political parties offering the promise and witnessed by respected traditional and religious leaders.
The senator, who said this in a post on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, maintained that the gentleman agreement is a “hoax and a mirage.”
“If they promise your geopolitical zone political power in 2023, demand for a written irreversible and irrevocable agreement,signed by their presidential candidates and party chieftains and witnessed by respected traditional and religious leaders,” he said.
“Gentleman agreement is a hoax & a mirage.”
Newsworth recalls that the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is from the South-West, recently advised the South-West to vote President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 2019 election to stand a good chance of producing his successor in 2023.
He had said, “The 2019 election is our own. We are not looking at 2019 but 2023. If we get it in 2019, Yoruba will get it in 2023. Because if we don’t get it in 2019, we may not get it in 2023 and it may take a very long time to get it.
“We need to look at tomorrow and not because of today. What we are doing now is for tomorrow and not for today.”
Before then, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had said the South-West has more to gain by re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the re-election of Buhari would guarantee that power would come to the zone in 2023.
He however noted that he is not the only one that has pushed such position.
In November, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, asked the South-East to endorse Buhari re-election bid in order to secure the presidency in 2023.
“I urge the south-east to look at this matter seriously that every time we have a presidency in Nigeria, it is negotiated in several ways.
“Either negotiated by votes or what you bring to the table and you must negotiate from the position of strength,” Mustapha had said.