- Nigeria's political leaders have been asked to embrace rotational presidency as convention for the country
- The call was made recently by the chairman of the Lagos State branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Stephen Adegbite
- According to him, the arrangement would save the polity of undue political pressures that tended to heat up the system at elections
Bishop Stephen Adegbite, the chairman of the Lagos State branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has called on Nigerian leaders to embrace rotational presidency as convention.
He said this while receiving members of the Association of Religion Reporters who paid him a courtesy visit.
According to him, the arrangement would save the polity of undue political pressures that tended to heat up the system at elections.
The Methodist bishop enjoined political actors to emulate CAN’s leadership arrangement, where zoning had fostered peace.
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“If zoning is upheld by the political elite and by extension the political parties, the unhealthy rivalries that pitch one ethnic or political zone against the other will fizzle out.
“We should find a way to de-emphasise the tension associated with electioneering. We should focus more on things that bond us through good governance to stabilise the economy and cater to the nation’s teeming unemployed youth."
It is undemocratic: 60 northern groups kick against zoning 2023 presidency
Legit.ng had reported that 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.
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.