See What Northern Elders Said About Southern Governors Call For Zoning Of 2023 Presidency To South2 min read
See What Northern Elders Said About Southern Governors Call For Zoning Of 2023 Presidency To South
The Southern Governors resolution that the next president of Nigeria will come from the Southern part of the country has been rejected by the Northern Elders Forum.
The Southern Governors forum had at a meeting held in Lagos by the forum on Monday, resolved that the 2023 presidency would be zoned to the Southern Nigeria.
Many Northern leaders have rejected the resolution, describing it as undemocratic and tribalistic.
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In reaction, the Northern Elders Forum countered the resolution, saying that they would never be coerced into giving up a democratically elected seat.
The group made this known via Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, its Director of Publicity and advocacy.
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Dr Hakeem noted that in as much as Northern Nigeria was involved the idea that the region would be blackmailed, threatened, and intimidated into yielding a democratically elected position was unacceptable.
The group viewed the decision by the Governors of the South as sentimental and it’s best discussed in a political process.
According to NEF: ” We are running a democratic government and decisions over where the next president comes from are basically decisions that will be made by voters exercising their rights to choose which candidate best serves their interest. “
The Director of publicity stated that the Southern governors were members of the two major political parties in the country: the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the People’ s Democratic Party, PDP, adding that they must be influential in the parties.
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He pointed out that the Governors of the South should influence their political parties to give ticket to the Southern candidates, then persuade the Nigerian voters to vote for the selected Southern candidate.
Dr Hakeem also said that Nigerians would never forfeit their right to vote for their choice candidates on account of intimidation and threat, emphasizing that Nigerian politicians were becoming indolent thinking that power could be given to them through ultimatum.
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