The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has debunked the claims that he has endorsed former Lagos state Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The monarch who spoke on Arise TV on Saturday noted that the country’s next president should be elected based on competency as against zoning which has taken centre stage in determining who becomes the country’s next President
Ogunwusi, a foremost traditional ruler from the country’s South-West says zoning should take the back seat in considering the next Nigerian leader.
“The issue of zoning; I have a different school of thought based on it. What is critical for me is equality across the board,” the monarch declared. “Who is going to the job? If the person coming from the South is going to do the job, so be it.”
The traditional ruler stressed that each presidential aspirant has their “competitive advantage, some have strength, some do not have the competence and some are not aided by culture.”
“If it is a candidate from the North that can do it, then let us go ahead,” Mr Ogunwusi added.
“I’m a royal father, I accepted this throne as a young individual. God actually brought me to the throne that has been in existence for hundreds of thousands of years, I have to support and pray for all,” Mr Ogunwusi said.
Among top northerners jostling to become Nigeria’s president come 2023 are Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and former Senate President Bukola Saraki.