Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has distanced himself from rumour about him nursing ambition to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari come 2023.
El-Rufai also backed agitation for Buhari’s successor to be of Southern extraction.
The governor’s positions were contained in an interview he granted the Hausa service of the BBC on Saturday.
His word, “The southern part of the country is supposed to produce the president come 2023.
“I don’t support a northerner to vie for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari, based on Nigeria’s political arrangement.
“After President Muhammadu Buhari would have spent eight years by 2023, the right is that, no northerner should contest, the south two should have its shot for eight years.
“I am taking this position not because I agree that that is how leadership should be selected, but because that is how Nigeria politics is for now.
“I believe there is no developed country across the world that considers leadership based on where someone comes from.
“However, in Nigerian politics, there is an arrangement that we all believe on rotational leadership. We are aware of that, anyone who denies that is wrong.”
On his rumoured presidential aspiration, the former FCT Minister said, “It is a baseless speculation. I don’t want to be president; only God decides someone’s future whether you like it or not, I have never shown interest for the presidency.”