The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) says the zoning association by political events is unconstitutional and a plot to intimidate the North from contesting for the presidency in 2023.
On Monday, CNG’s spokesperson Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, mentioned the group aligned with the place of the Northern Governors’ Forum, asking the political events to jettison the thought of zoning the put up to the southern area of Nigeria.
He mentioned the north wouldn’t be obliged to any zoning association for elective positions within the forthcoming common election.
“We find the renewed desperation by the South to threaten [the] northern people’s right to franchise a deliberate attempt to bastardise democracy, cause greater instability in the guise of contentious undemocratic power shift arrangement and therefore unacceptable,” he mentioned.
“The CNG after due consultation with stakeholders, leaders and elders has categorically resolved to firmly and solidly align completely with the position taken by the Northern Elders Forum as expressed by Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed and that of the Northern Governors’ Forum that zoning of elective positions is unconstitutional, undemocratic and must be jettisoned.”
Suleiman additional defined that the northern area is a significant stakeholder in Nigeria, particularly with respect to elections.
This comes as governors of the 19 Northern states rejected the place of their Southern colleagues that the 2023 presidency ought to be zoned to the Southern a part of the nation, arguing that the presidency is a democratic workplace and never a rotational place.
SaharaReporters had reported that in an emergency assembly with Northern conventional rulers on the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, some weeks in the past, the NGF mentioned the area couldn’t be compelled to surrender a democratically elected workplace that may very well be sought by any individual regardless of the place he comes from.
The discussion board added that although some Northern governors had earlier expressed views for a power-shift to 3 geo-political zones within the South, with a view to selling unity and peace within the nation, “the statement by the Southern Governors Forum that the Presidency must go to the South is unacceptable.”