2023 Presidency: Gov Yahaya Bello Kicks Against Zoning Says It Is Not Recognized By the Constitution
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Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has frowned at the thought of zoning the 2023 presidential ticket of his party.
According to Yahaya Bello, the 1999 Constitution does not recognize the zoning arrangement of the Presidency.
He said this just days after southern governors issued a communique after a meeting in Lagos demanding that the next president of Nigeria must come from their region.
Speaking on Friday at the First Annual GYB Seminar for Nigeria’s Political and Crime Correspondents held in Transcorp Hotel, Abuja, the North-Central governor favoured merit above zoning.
Bello, however, stated that equity must be followed if the 2023 presidency has to be zoned.
The governor said, “On zoning presidency to a particular zone in 2023, we must apply equity in the process. Democracy is all about free will. Let no political party limit the choice to a particular zone.
“Zoning is not recognised in the 1999 Constitution, it’s absolutely, unconstitutional.
“If we must continue with the sentiment of rotational Presidency, it’s okay, but let’s do it right in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.
“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.