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2023 ELECTION: Why The South Cannot Force The North To Vote For A Southern Presidential Candidate

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As the 2023 election draws near, the hottest debate among analysts is power rotation. Stakeholders have insisted that 2023 should be the turn of the South to produce a President.

For instance, the Southern Governors Forum during its recent summits in Lagos and Enugu insisted that a Southerner should be Nigeria's next President after Buhari.

President of the Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu went further to stress that the South will not support any party that fields Northern candidates as President in 2023.

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But the Northern Elders Forum fired back that it is wrong for the SGF to attempt to force down a Southern President on the North. Other Northern groups have lined up behind the NEF and slammed the Southern Governors for their unilateral decision. 

In this article, I will analyse two major reasons why I believe that the North is right in saying that they cannot be forced to accept a Southern candidate.

Democracy is about numbers and not sentiments

If we go based on sentiment and morality alone, then Southern Presidency in 2023 is the right way to go. But democracy is not about sentiments or morality, it is about numbers. And those that have the numbers win the day.

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The North has the largest voting population so they cannot be stopped from using it in their favour. Nobody can blame the North for having a high voting number and for being more politically conscious than the south. It is an endowment they are making the most of. 

So instead of trying to blackmail the North to support a southern candidate, the south should rather constructively engage northern stakeholders, and make them see how their region can benefit in a system of power rotation.

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More so, the south can also play up the fact that Nigerian democracy can become more robust in an inclusive environment that recognises the power of diversity. 

Zoning is undemocratic and not captured in Nigeria’s constitution

Despite the hullabaloo of zoning, the practice is not democratic because it denies people the right to participate freely in a democratic process based on their region. More so, it undermines meritocracy, as it could deny even the best candidate the chance to aspire for a political office.

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It is also important to stress that zoning is unconstitutional, as it has no place in Nigeria's constitution. Based on all these arguments it will be counterproductive for the South to attempt to force the North to accept a Southern presidential candidate in 2023. 

Based on this argument do you think power rotation is acceptable?

What do you think the south can do to stop this decision by the North? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. While you are at it, also like and share the story so that others can comment too.

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