A federal lawmaker, Shina Peller has shared his view concerning the 2023 general elections to decide the next president of Nigeria.
Reacting to a question on whether former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, should be president of Nigeria in 2023, Peller says that the president’s office should be based on a strong institution rather than individuals. He said criteria should be set, leaving whoever meets the criteria to occupy the office.
“We need to build an institution now; we do not need to take any single person and be saying we want to now rally around that person. I think we should form an institution, let us identify the criteria and let us see who meets up with the criteria.
“There is no institution that has set up the criteria yet, if the criteria say the next president should be Christian, is Asiwaju a Christian?” Peller told Sam Olatunji in an interview.
Peller, like Tinubu, is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The House of Representatives member further stated that relying on personalities to save Nigeria was a mistake and that the next president should be elected through institutions capable of ensuring the competency of the individuals.
“We have made the mistake two times. There was a time in Nigeria when President Obasanjo was brought from prison, and everybody was saying he is the best person that could do this, and we started to run around him.
“The same thing happened to President Buhari, everybody was saying Mohammadu Buhari is a saint, he is not corrupt and then everyone starts to run around him, I believe this must stop,” Peller said.