The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday said it was too early to debate which zone of the country should produce the next president. He cautioned that such a debate would negatively affect the pace of governance by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Essentially, Tinubu, who spoke to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday cautioned that discussing 2023 presidency now would distract the administration from providing people-oriented services and executing its development agenda.

Tinubu’s declaration came on the heels of a call by the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, that President Buhari should begin a succession plan ahead of 2023. Tinubu said yesterday: “That time is not now. We have just finished one election and Mr. President is busy sorting out the budget, working for the people of this country. Of course, restlessness of politics is going to be there, but any lover of this country will not talk about the succession plan yet. That’s the truth.”