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Doyin Okoye gives reasons why Osinbajo must not contest if Buhari dies 


The Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe has given reasons Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo must not attempt to run for the President’s office if anything happens to President Muhammad Buhari.

On why President Buhari will not resign, Okupe said the north are afraid of what played out during late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s time.
He noted that majority of people in the north felt they have been cheated when Jonathan was installed constitutionally after Yar’Adua’s death.
He told Tribune, “We do not tell each other the truth. The north is afraid; they have the deja vu feeling.
“Because of the situation of the health of President Buhari, they are afraid of the scenario of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua playing itself out again.
“They don’t want that. And nobody should, if they want peace for this country, envisage such.
“In this country, it may not be written in the constitution but once a southerner is president and completes his term, the next president will come from the north and vice versa.
It is an unwritten constitution that we politicians follow and we ought to honour and respect that arrangement.
“For instance, when you pick a Christian as president, automatically, his vice president would be a Muslim and vice versa.
“These are unwritten laws that we all have an abiding faith in but we had a situation whereby Yar’Adua had a promising eight-year tenure, which was the turn of the north, but he did two years and died and constitutionally, they installed Jonathan, a southerner.
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