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It’s okay if Peter Obi wins 2023 presidential election, says Akeredolu

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, says it is okay if Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party, wins the 2023 presidential election.

The governor, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said this in an interview on Channels TV on Wednesday.

He said his concern is for power to go south in 2023 regardless of who wins from the region.

“I would have said the same thing. If you had listened to my lecture today, I was very clear. I said that religion is not the issue now,” he said.

“We have other issues that should be on the front burner today in this country — issue of restructuring, issue of rotational presidency, among others.

“I said, ‘look, since 1999, there is an understanding that we will move from north to south — rotate the presidency’. And if today, we have people who want to deploy what I call manipulation of our people on religious basis to think that they can change this (call for southern presidency), then we should not accept it.

“For me, it is not because of asiwaju Bola Tinubu. If you listened to my lecture, I said if Obi is elected as president, for me, that will be all right. If Bola Tinubu is elected, that will be all right. For me, it must come to the south; that is the position.”

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