A former presidential candidate, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has said agitations for power shift ahead of the 2023 general polls should be nipped in the bud because both the North and the South have taken shots at the presidency since the return to democracy in 1999.
Olawepo-Hashim, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in a statement on Wednesday, said whatever hue and cry that was raised in the past about a section of the country being excluded from being president has been settled since 1999.
He said that the agitations and bickering were adding a corrosively divisive ting to an already “badly fractured polity.”
“While political parties can zone party offices, they have no power to zone elective offices. There is no need to split hot air over this any further,” he said.
The APC chieftain, while noting that the freedom of expression of every Nigerian is guaranteed in the constitution, also said utmost care is needed now more than ever before not to complicate the delicate situation of the country by pitching one section of the country against another.