Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said that the ruling party, All Progressive Party (APC) will determine President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor come 2023.
The Kano state governor was reacting to Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s call for APC to abandon zoning for competence in the 2023 presidential election.
Ganduje said the issue is between idealism and realism. While idealism supports equal treatment and gives everybody an equal chance to contest, realism favours the multi-ethnic, multi-religious nature of Nigeria with several geopolitical zones.
“The way I look at it is that, it is an issue between idealism and realism. Idealism is a situation whereby things should be done in accordance with ideas.
“If things are done like that, then everybody should have equal treatment and everybody has an equal chance to contest and then, what the people decide should be done.
“Now, the issue of realism. Nigeria is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country with several geopolitical zones. In reality, people are yearning for the participation of different political zones and not the politics of North and South.
“So, the reality of the situation is that people are crying of marginalization in the leadership of the country. But, the idealism is that people should participate and be selected based on their capacity.
“So, it is not the governor of Kano state that should decide whether it is idealism or realism.
“It is the party that will determine which should be applied in Nigeria and you know that it is a political strategy. So, the political party should decide which option to follow, “ he said.