By Sally Faithfulness and PETERS

updated on 16th June, 2021

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The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), yesterday, said it was in support of power shift to the South-West in the 2023 presidential election, adding that if Tinubu gets the ticket of his party, it will support him.

Secretary-General of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, stated this in an interview with The Guardian in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He said: “We are in support of South-West producing the President in 2023. We have very many materials in the region. The Yoruba have been the most consistent patriotic section of Nigeria. If it is a consensus that the South-West should produce the next president, it is a welcome development.

‘’But nobody can say Mr. X or Y is the most qualified. We need the person that has the experience, wider reach and exposure. The door is open to all Yoruba sons and daughters.”

MEANWHILE, a group, the South-West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA 23), has restated that, the fact that the zone had produced the President in the past, won’t stop it from clinching the presidential ticket if the All Progressives Congress (APC) zones the ticket to the South.

The group insisted that former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, remained the best and right man to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 based on experience and political networks.

The former Minister of State for Works and National Chairman of SWAGA, Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, during the official launching of the forum, a political platform rooting for the presidential aspiration of Tinubu.

Adeyeye added that the APC leaders must respect the zoning of Presidency to the South in 2023 as a mark of respect for the silent agreement within the party at inception in 2013.

He said that Tinubu had helped a lot of people in the country, including Ekiti State, and “if the present government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi is sincere and grateful, they know Tinubu contributed to how they got to the office.”