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Group urges parties to respect zoning of presidency

By Matthew Ogune, Abuja
07 December 2020   |   4:02 am
The Alliance for Southern Presidency (NASP) has urged political parties to acknowledge and respect the existence of zoning and rotation of power between the northern and southern regions of the country.

The Alliance for Southern Presidency (NASP) has urged political parties to acknowledge and respect the existence of zoning and rotation of power between the northern and southern regions of the country.

NASP National Co-Chairman, Kenneth Ibe-Kalu, who made the call at a press conference in Abuja at the weekend, explained that if the country could retain and use federal character in sharing of jobs and political appointments such as ministers and ambassadors, the rotation of presidency should not be an exception.

“Nigeria is far from faring well even as well meaning citizens with conscience and who are capable of telling the truth have been speaking out on the need to maintain zoning and rotational presidency. It seems that the call is falling on deaf ears of those who do not wish Nigeria well.”

He noted that the tension created by feelings of marginalisation and social injustice in the country caused by dominance of the political space by the north led to the introduction of zoning and rotation of presidency between the two regions.

Ibe-Kalu said the group would not support any party that zone’s its presidential ticket outside the southern region come 2023, and would mobilise youths and other Nigerians to reject divisive tendencies, using their votes.

He disclosed that the group would commence a nationwide mobilisation to identify like minds to join the crusade.

The NASP chairman, who urged all political parties, especially the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to zone their presidential tickets in line with zoning and rotation to southern Nigeria for equity, stability and share prosperity. He urged other Nigerians who share the same ideology to raise their hands to be counted as proponents of unity, stability and shared prosperity.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has distanced himself from the comments made by his nephew, Mallam Mamman Daura, that Nigeria no longer needs zoning or rotational presidency to get competent leadership for the country.

“The alliance commends Mr. President for acknowledging and affirming the existence of zoning and rotational presidency in Nigeria. We urge all political parties to queue behind him and refrain from all acts of causing disunity in the country. We have no other country to call our home, except Nigeria.” Ibe-Kalu said.