Senator Shehu Sani has thrown his weight behind the appeal for a Nigeria President of South East extraction in the 2023 general election, as lawmakers from all regions of the country declare their intentions openly or privately to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Sani stated a Nigerian President of South East extraction is the most desirable in 2023 for the purpose of justice, equity, and oneness on Channels Television’s Political Paradigm, which aired on Tuesday morning.
He argued that denying the South East geopolitical zone the opportunity to produce the next President of Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure ends in 2023 would be an act of injustice, unfairness, and insensitivity on the part of the Northern and some parts of Southern Nigeria, such as the South West and South South geopolitical zones.
Said he: “Let’s be careful in this country because this nation passed a terrible formation and it will be for the benefit of every part of Nigeria to purse courses which will promote national unity and cohesion”.
“The facts remain that since 1999, the South West has produced a President and Vice President for eight years each, the South South produced President for six years while the North has also produced Presidents Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Muhammadu Buhari respectively. So what is wrong if the South East geopolitical zone produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023”.
Sani, who served as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, believes that Nigeria will be unfair to the South East geopolitical zone if another person from the Northern region, the South West, or the South South deny the South East the opportunity to produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023.
The human rights activist, playwright, and author, who is vying for the Kaduna State Government House in 2023, warned other regions of the country from using their population or numerical power to marginalize Nigeria’s less populated areas.
Only equity, justice, and oneness, he claims, would bring Nigeria to peace, pointing out that a lack of fairness and justice is to blame for the recent agitations and insecurity in the country.
On March 28, 2015, Sani, the President of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria (CRCN) and the Chairman of Hand-in-Hand, Africa, ran for and won the Kaduna Central Senatorial District on the All Progressive Congress (APC) platform.
In 2018, he resigned from the party. He is presently a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, which is in opposition to the government (PDP).