CSOs Call On Political Parties To Zone Presidency To South

CSOs Call On Political Parties To Zone Presidency To South

Caleb Ishaya

As the 2023 presidential election hots up, Civil Society Organisations under the auspices of Coalition of Civil Society Groups, CCSGs, have resolved that the presidential position should be zoned to the South.

The coalition disclosed this during a media conference held in Abuja, where the CCSGs President, Bassey Etuk Williams, and Secretary General,  Abubakar Ibrahim, echoed that the North has had its fair share of the country’s leadership and now it is time to zone the Presidency to the Southern part of Nigeria.

Coalition also advised the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and others, that in the interest of unity and equity should zone their presidential tickets to the southern part of the country come 2023 general election, adding that; the North having held sway since 2015, it would be morally and politically justifiable to zone the presidency to the South.

The group said: “Since the return to civil rule in 1999, there has been an “unwritten convention” in the country for power rotation between the North and South. It baffles us that as the debates intensifies; most of those involved do not know what is generally at stake especially as it relates to unity and peaceful coexistence of the country. We have witnessed sharp division along religious lines ahead of the 2023 general election.

“By heeding to this call is lawful though unwritten but it can foster peace and unity of the country; there won’t be either the ruling APC or the opposition PDP if there is no country called Nigeria.

“We have watched with keen interest various agitations across the zones of our federating units, and we have come up with the agenda of championing and clamouring for Power shift to the South come 2023.

“There is no doubt that the North has had its fair share of the country’s leadership and now it is time to zone the Presidency to the Southern part of Nigeria which in our own opinion deserves it.

“Rising from our expanded National Executive meeting, we resolved to get involved and join in the call for a power shift to the South come 2023.

“It baffles us that as the debates intensifies; most of those involved do not understand what is generally at stake especially as it relates to the unity of the country.

“We have witnessed sharp division along religious lines already ahead of the 2023 general election. The current security situation and supremacy of a region is also affecting and shaking the foundation of the nation.

“Political gladiators across the divides have sharpened their tongues by throwing banters over power rotation. Some want it to remain in the North, while others want it back in the South for equality sake.

“Presidential election in Nigeria is highly influential and powerful as we all confer the greatest sense of belonging to the Federation on any ethnic or geopolitical zone that produces the President.

“This no doubt has deepened the agitation for power shift by various regions and thus, we have resolved to urge all the major political parties to have a deep think ahead of their convention and zoning by ensuring that the country remains united and sense of belonging is given to all by zoning the Presidential tickets to the Southern part of the country come 2023”, coalition concludes.


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