- The issue of zoning should be considered seriously by political parties if they hope to get victory come 2023 elections
- This was the position of Governor Samuel Ortom on Tuesday, February 16
- However, Ortom said for him, it is yet too early to talk about the 2023 presidential election in the midst of insecurity and looming famine
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Governor Samuel Ortom has revealed time and again that he is not interested in any presidential ambition for now.
The Benue governor on Tuesday, February 16, insisted that what is most important to him at the moment is security and the availability of food for citizens not just in the state but also in the middle-belt, Nigerian Tribune reports.
He hinged his position on the possibility that anything can happen at any time, stating clearly that "tomorrow we may not have a Nigeria to contest the presidency in or governors, senators, or House of Representatives."
However, Ortom said if he was to speak his mind, the issue of zoning must be considered thoroughly by all political parties fielding candidates ahead of the next presidential election.
He opined that parties that make wrong choices as to what regions they what the nation's next president to come from will lose out eventually.
"...if you ask me my personal opinion now, that should not be a problem to us. Since the advent of democracy, we have been rotating the presidency. So, it’s a matter of various political parties to decide where they want their president to come from.
"If you decide to make a wrong choice in where your presidency will come from, you will lose out and it’s as simple as that. So, that is not a problem. "
Meanwhile, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Olusegun Osoba, had stated that there is no gentleman agreement stating that power should be zoned to the south after the end of President Muhammadu Buhari's tenure.
According to him, the reason there was no formal agreement on zoning was because the ruling party does not want to negate the position of Nigeria's constitution which allows qualified Nigerians to vote and be voted for.