- Political parties have been urged to zone their presidential candidates to the southern region of the country
- This call was made by the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders at a meeting held in Abuja on Thursday, January 14
- The Forum which is clamoring for restructuring noted that the 1999 constitution is flawed and a new constitution should be drafted
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF) has asked political parties in the country to zone its presidential ticket to the south.
In a communique issued after a meeting on Thursday, January 13, in Abuja, the forum warned that any party that does not zone its ticket to the south should not expect support from the regions.
The communique was jointly signed by Edwin Clark, an Ijaw national leader; Ayo Adebanjo, Afenifere leader, George Obiozor, president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and Pogu Bitrus, national president, middle belt forum, The Cable reports.
The forum added that the 1999 constitution is flawed and lopsided and therefore, the country should be restructured and a new constitution drafted.
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The meeting extensively discussed various issues bothering the state of affairs in the country, particularly, the security situation, restructuring, preparations for the 2023 elections and zoning.
Part of the communique reads:
“Notes that the basis of any viable democracy, especially in a diverse and complex country such as Nigeria, is fair and even sharing of power."
Governor Udom Emmanuel asked to run for 2023 presidency
In another development, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has been asked to contest the 2023 presidential election in order to replicate his industrialization policy at the national level
The demand was made by some listeners of the popular Brekete Family Radio Live Talk Show in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Governor Emmanuel is the predecessor of Akpabio in the south-south state of Akwa Ibom.
Senator Rochas Okorocha hints at contesting 2023 presidential poll
On his part, Senator Rochas Okorocha has declared that his predecessor in Imo, Governor Hope Uzodimma cannot stop his presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Okorocha, who represents Imo West Senatorial District in the Senate, stated this in Owerri while speaking with journalists.
He accused Uzodimma of being a paid agent of his detractors to sabotage his 2023 presidential ambition.