The 2023 presidential election in Nigeria is less than two years, there are a lot of controversies surrounding it as a result of agitation for zoning of the presidential position.
Recall that the agitation for zoning of the presidential position of Nigeria started officially when the southern Governors in their meeting held in Lagos on July 5, 2021, adopted the zoning arrangement and called on the northern politicians to zone the presidency to the south in 2023.
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Zoning in Nigerian politics has always been a gentleman agreement, the constitution of the country does not recognize zoning. This is why the northern Governors rejected the position of their southern counterparts during their last meeting in Kaduna State.
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As a result of the agitation for zoning, different ethnic groups have joined the political discussion and stated their positions on the zoning arrangement.
It is as a result of this the leadership of Fulani Development Association of Nigeria has spoken out on the ongoing agitation for zoning of the presidential position of the country.
What is the revelation of Fulani group leader that may affect the agitation for southeast presidency?
According to a report by Vanguard, the National Secretary of Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, Professor Umar Labdo, has revealed that political power could only be won and not driven through blackmail and intimidation like what is happening currently.
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The Fulani group leader revealed this when he was responding to the ongoing agitation for power shift to the southern part of the country. He went further to reveal that it is irresponsible to demand for power shifts to anywhere when power is always there for grabs.
The Fulani group leader also revealed that power should be contested for and the person with the highest number of votes should be declared the winner instead of demanding for power shift.
The recent revelation of the leadership of the National Secretary of Fulani Development Association of Nigeria may likely affect the ongoing agitation for power shift to the south. The agitation for power shift would have allowed the southeast geopolitical zone that has not produced the president of the country since the return of democracy in 1999 to produce the successor of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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This recent revelation of the Fulani group is coming when the agitation for the southeast presidency by the apex Igbo social-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Indigbo is high as the 2023 presidency draws closer.
Recall that influential political players in the Southeast like Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State and the former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi have all been tipped to fly the flags of APC and PDP respectively in the 2023 presidential election.
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This recent revelation of the Fulani group means that the group does not support zoning arrangement and does not support the call by the southern politicians for their northern counterparts to zone the 2023 presidency to their region.
This may likely affect the agitation for the southeast presidency because the Fulani group may not support any southern politician in the name of zoning arrangement.
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