- Presidential zoning is not recognised in Nigeria's constitution according to Governor Yahaya Bello of Koi state
- According to the 2023 presidential hopeful, the country should let the best candidate emerge as the president come 2023
- Meanwhile, the Kogi governor said the youth should be allowed to take leadership positions in the country
He disclosed this while speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on Friday, July 9.
According to him, the best candidate should be president in 2023, The Nation newspaper added.
“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 us not take it from 1999. Let’s go back to 1960. From Independence, all the leaders we had, you will discover that all other geo-political zones, as they exist today, at one time had a position of leadership.
“In the 2023 presidential election, let the best candidate emerge who will unify and solve the problems of this country we are facing today — who will build on the legacies of Mr. President."
Going further, he declared that it is time the youths are allowed to run the country.
“It’s high time the youths took over the affairs of this country. I have always led from the front based on equity, fairness and justice.”
Activist berates Yahaya Bello, describes paying N3,000 as worker's salary barbaric
Meanwhile, a Kogi-born political activist popularly known as Comrade Usman Okai Austin has urged the state governor, Yahaya Bello, to handle the state funds with utmost sincerity even as he nurses presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 general elections.
In a statement issued by Okai and seen by Legit.ng, the activist noted that the state was thrown into unnecessary arguments over the alleged order made by Bello that 17% salary should be paid to local government workers within the state.
He noted that the development might sound impossible to many, adding that screenshots from those affected were released into the public glare.
Okai who has been at loggerheads with Bello-led administration in the state was quoted as saying, the governor must be honest in handling resources belonging to Kogi state, stressing that nothing justifies paying officers on level nine (9) N6,000 and N3,000 as a monthly salary without being on loan.