Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Thursday described calls for rotational presidency as an outdated system.
Bello said this at the Presidential Villa, Abuja while addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari.
While stressing that he would consider the calls from Nigerians and run for Presidency come 2023, the Kogi governor said Nigerians must put high premium on virtues such as competence and capacity when electing the next president.
In his words, “For once let’s get Nigeria fixed. We have practised seemingly rotational presidencies since 1999 to date. Let us evaluate our successes or achievements from this seeming rotational presidency between then and now.
“Why don’t we simply go for the best?
“After all, we copy this democracy from America and some of the developed world. How many of these countries are practising traditional presidency?
“You see, we are where we are today not because we are practicing rotational Presidency. If you want to go by that rotational presidency, then do perfect zoning. Go by perfect rotation. And if you go by rotation and whichever way you come from, I don’t think you should exclude where I come from. That’s number one.
“Number two; let us get a credible, sincere, patriotic Nigerian to fix it.
“If you’re flying an aircraft, you don’t ask who the pilot is. If you undergo a surgery in a hospital, you wouldn’t ask which doctor is this, is he from your zone, your tribe, your religion, all you want is the best pilot to fly you safely to your destination.
“All you want is the best doctor to handle you and deliver you safely from the operation.
“I think Nigeria is at that point now of seeking the best from anywhere in this country, irrespective of where he comes from. Thereafter, you remain in a position to reflect equity, fairness and justice. That is my position.”