Zoning Must Be Jettisoned, Northern Group Says

Zoning Must Be Jettisoned, Northern Group Says

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG) has stated that zoning of any elective positions in the country was unconstitutional, undemocratic and must be jettisoned.

This is coming after Southern governors had called for the  Presidency to be zoned to the South in 2023.

The spokesperson of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman who stated this while briefing the press on Monday, said that after due consultation with prominent stakeholders, leaders and elders, it has  resolved to firmly and solidly align completely with the position taken by the Northern Elders Forum concerning the zoning of the presidency.

The group stated that the call for zoning by the South was a renewed desperation aimed at threatening Northern people’s right to franchise adding that it was a deliberate attempt to bastardize democracy, cause greater instability in the guise of a contentious, undemocratic power shift arrangement and therefore downright unacceptable.

Suleiman warned that  the northern population which is in clear majority  in the country, will never accept any presidential candidate who is the product of an undemocratic zoning process from whichever party.

“That since democracy everywhere is a game of numbers, under no circumstance will the North succumb to intimidation, blackmail or threat from any quarter to abandon its collective franchise by not seeking the presidency in 2023 or any time in the future,” he said.

He called on the  northern public to get prepared  to reject any political party that attempts to deny northerners the right to contest the presidency as enemy of the North.

“We warn that any political party that takes any step to block the window for the possible emergence of a northern presidential candidate shall be roundly rejected by the North,” he said.

He added that no conspiracy in whatever form will stop the North from fielding a Northerner for the presidency in the PDP in 2023.

Suleiman noted that the PDP want to block a northern candidacy by quickly zoning the national chairmanship position to the North which he said was unacceptable.

“The North shall definitely seek the presidential even if it holds the national chairmanship,” he added.

He called on Northern voters to mobilize against sole concentration on party candidates and vote any credible, transparent, capable, and competent leaders.

“The CNG has resolved to expose the faces of identified unpatriotic northern traitors who have been paid huge sums of money to market southern candidates,” he noted.

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