As the North and Southern regions of Nigeria continue to debate the issue of zoning of the 2023 Presidency to a particular religion, each region has always tried to prove to the other, why it should be allowed to produce the next President of Nigeria. For instance, the South is arguing that the North currently occupies the Presidency, and that it is only normal for the next President to come from the South.
At the same time, the North has continued to insist on being right to insist on producing the next President of Nigeria. Amid this debate, both regions have been able to give some valid reasons about why it should be the region to produce the next President. However, the North seems to be making some strong and valid points to support its insistence on the 2023 Presidency.
Despite the rising calls for the zoning of the 2023 Presidency to the Southern region, and the resolution of Southern Governors to insist on the zoning irrespective of party differences, the North appears to be confident about its ability to retain power beyond 2023. Below are 2 valid points the region has against the South and its insistence on zoning of the 2023 Presidency to the region.
1. Zoning of the Presidency is unconstitutional
It is no longer a secret, that Nigerian Constitution did not make any provision for zoning arrangements when it comes to the Presidency. As such, it is not legally binding on the North to yield to rising calls for the 2023 Presidency to be zoned to the Southern region.
2. The South has ruled for 14 years since Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999, while the North has only ruled for 10 years.
It should be recalled that not long ago, the President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima, alleged that the North had 4 more years to rule before power could be returned to the South. This is due to the fact that since Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999, the South has ruled Nigeria for 14 years, while the North has only ruled for 10 years.
With this in mind, it can be argued that the North still lags behind the South in terms of the number of years each region has ruled since 1999. As such, the region may not be totally wrong in insisting on ruling the country for about four more years before power is returned to the South region.
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