Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, says the presidential candidate in 2023 would be based on political party and not tribal basis.
His position came against the backdrop of a raging debate between those arguing that the South, especially the South-East, should produce the next president and those who hold the belief that Buhari’s successor can emerge from any zone.
In an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, Uzodinma noted that Nigeria is practising partisan democracy and not tribal democracy.
According to him, the right thing to do is not to cause tension with the calls for zoning of the office of the president.
The governor, however, conceded that the considerations for the decision would be up to the leadership of political parties.
“You know that the position is not vacant now; there is a sitting President and we are practising partisan democracy and not tribal democracy,” Uzodinma said.
“So, the emergence of presidential candidate will come on party by party basis, not tribe by tribe basis.
“But if there are other internal factors that will form part of the considerations for parties taking decision, of course, that will be entirely the job of the leadership of those political parties and I think that is the right thing to do.”