2023 presidency: Northern elders group says zoning is unconstitutional

2023 presidency: Northern elders group says zoning is unconstitutional

- The secretary-general of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Anthony Sani, said the tradition of presidential zoning is unconstitutional

- Sani said this in reaction to the arguments that it is the turn of the south to take over the presidency in 2023

- The ACF scribe said it is political parties that will exclusively determine where Nigeria’s next president comes from

Nigeria’s next presidential election comes up in 2023 as President Muhammadu Buhari, the winner of the 2019 presidential election has just begun his second term which will span over four years.

Despite the fact that the next election will not come until the next four years, the argument over which zone should produce Buhari’s successor has dominated the Nigerian political discourse.

Latest to speak on the issue that has been generating heated arguments is Anthony Sani, the secretary-general of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), a foremost and influential socio-political group in the northern part of the country.

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Sani told Vanguard that the argument in some quarters that it is the turn of the south to produce Nigeria’s president does not hold water just as he noted that zoning is not a constitutional policy but just agreements by political parties.

The ACF scribe said political parties are the ones that will exclusively determine where Nigeria’s next president comes from, notwithstanding the argument that the presidency should be rotated between the north and the south.

2023 presidency: Northern elders group says zoning is unconstitutional

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met with a delegation from the Arewa Consultative Forum led by Alhaji Liman Musa Kwande in 2017. Credit: Prof Yemi Osinbajo
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Sani further claimed that the zoning principle has been violated several times since it was introduced about 20 years ago.

He, therefore, advised the proponents of 2023 south presidency to allow the political parties to make their choice, warning that anything beyond this may spell doom for the country.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Shehu Sani, a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central in the Senate, urged northern leaders to allow the south to take over from Buhari.

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Sani said the election of President Buhari in 2015 and 2019 was in line with the zoning principle which should not be abandoned in 2023.

The outspoken lawmaker also advised southern leaders to be united ahead of the next presidential election, warning that the north could take advantage of their disunity and retain the Aso Villa seat when Buhari leaves.

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