- The APC and the PDP have replied Mamman Daura's call for the abolishing of rotational presidency
- The political parties said that President Muhammadu Buhari's nephew was only expressing his personal opinion
- The APC and the PDP said they will make use of zoning at the appropriate time
A lot of reactions from political circles have continued to trail the call by Mamman Daura for Nigeria to do away with zoning for the presidency.
Daura, a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, July 28, said the tradition of rotational presidency should be stopped in the country, suggesting that competence should be prioritised as a factor for fielding candidates for the 2023 general polls.
However, the call by the president's close relative has been rejected by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, July 29, APC's deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said that Daura expressed his opinion which means nothing to the ruling party.
Nabena stressed that just like other political parties, the APC will seat and come up with its own zoning formula ahead of the elections.
He said: “We have different people who have come up with different opinions on this matter. But it is not a big deal.
“At the appropriate time, the party will sit and do its zoning formula, just like any other party."
On its part, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through its deputy national publicity secretary, Diran Odeyemi, pointed out that it appreciates zoning and will make use of it in due time.
Odeyemi said: “So, at the appropriate time, we shall come up with our zoning formula which will define where the national chairman will come from and where our presidential candidate will come from.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Daura had said Nigeria did not need a rotational presidency which he said had been done three times.
He, instead, posited that Nigeria must look beyond region to elect its new leader in 2023. “Rotation has been done once, twice and three times - it is important that this nation should be united as one, the most qualified/competent (among aspirants) should be elected and not someone who comes from a particular zone,” Daura said.
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