- Some northerners have roundly rejected the idea of zoning 2023 presidency to any region in the country
- According to them, it is unconstitutional to zone Nigeria's presidency and no party must block a northern presidential candidate
- Meanwhile, the group also sent a serious warning to southeast people residing in the north over the IPOB directive
Following the call by southern governors that the 2023 presidency be zoned to the south, a coalition of over 60 Northern groups has blasted the governors.
According to the groups, it is undemocratic to zone the presidency, Punch Newspaper reports.
In fact, the CNG warned that any political party which takes any step to block the window for the possible emergence of a northern presidential candidate will be rejected.
In another development, the group warned that it will revoke the property of any person in the north who may decide to obey the one-month sit-at-home directive issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra.
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Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the spokesman for the group, disclosed this at a press conference, Vanguard Newspaper added.
He said no conspiracy in whatever form would stop the north from fielding a northerner for the presidency in the PDP in 2023, irrespective of its recent body language that tends to block a northern candidacy by quickly zoning the national chairmanship position to the north.
2023: It’s unfair if northern governors fail to support southern presidency
Meanwhile, ahead of the 2023 general elections, chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ebonyi state chapter have kicked against the position of the northern governors over power shift to the south.
Members of the ruling party made this known in separate interviews in Abakaliki, on Sunday, October 3.
According to them, the north had no justification, for not backing a southerner to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of his second tenure.
The southeast coordinator of the APC Youth League, Okenwa Uka explained that the current situation was an issue of conscience. Uka said although the rotational presidency was not enshrined in the party's constitution, the southern region should be allowed to take a shot at the presidency in 2023.
Zoning is unconstitutional
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former governor of Nasarawa state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, told those agitating for the power shift to the southern part of the country in 2023 to bury their thought.
It was reported that Adamu who is the senator representing Nasarawa West senatorial district in the National Assembly described the zoning as unconstitutional.
According to him, since the idea of zoning is not in the nation’s constitution, every eligible Nigerian was free to contest the 2023 presidential election regardless of his or her state of origin.