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Zoning 2023 presidency to South, unconstitutional – Yahaya Bello

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Zoning of 2023 presidency to Southern Nigeria, unconstitutional - Yahaya Bello



Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has described the probe for zoning of Presidency to the Southern region of Nigeria in the next 2023 presidential elections as unconstitutional.

The Southern Governors’ Forum, comprising 17 governors in the zone, had last Monday met in Lagos, and after over three hours of closed doors sessions, unanimously, agreed and insisted on producing the next president in 2023 after the expiration of the incumbent President Muhamadu Buhari’s administration.

The governors also reiterated the call for true federalism and devolution of powers to states.

Bello made the remark on Friday during the maiden Annual Governor Yahaya Bello seminar for the media held in Transcorp Hotel, Abuja, Vanguard reports.

Speaking on the topic, titled: “Perspectives on leadership and aspiration,” Bello, stressed that Nigeria needs a leader at the present, who will unify the diverse people in the country and build on the existing legacies.

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He said, “On zoning presidency to a particular zone in 2023, we must apply equity in the process. Democracy bus all about free will. Let no political party limit the choice to a particular zone.

“Zoning is not recognized in the 1999 Constitution, it’s absolutely, unconstitutional.

“Let’s not take it from 1999, let’s go back to 1960. From the Independence, all the leaders we had, you will discover that
all other geo-political zones as it exists today at one time had a position of leadership.

“In the 2023 Presidential elections, let the best candidate emerge who will unify and solve the problems of this country we are facing today, who will build on the legacies of Mr President. It’s high time the youth take over the affairs of this country.

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