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"Let Merit, Not Zoning Decide Buhari’s Successor." - APC Senator

Abdullahi Adamu, a member of the All Progressives Congress who represents Nasarawa West Senatorial District in the Legislature, has dismissed the notion of a power transfer to the south in 2023 as a wishful thinking.

At a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, the two-term former governor of Nasarawa State stated this. He explained that because the concept of zoning is not enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, any eligible Nigerian, regardless of state of origin, is allowed to run in the 2023 presidential race.

“There is nowhere in the Nigerian constitution does it suggest we should zone any government position,” he remarked. "There is a federal aspect to the government, but that does not imply that political parties must zone positions for the presidency during an election."

“Let's simply go by merit, Let each party figure out how to promote itself in a way that will get them the votes they need to win the election. That's all there is to it."

In addition, he utilized the opportunity to state that no level of pressure from southern governors would prevent herders from transferring their cattle to other parts of the country. The Senator nevertheless maintained that the herders had no authority to participate in unlawful actions or harm other people’s croplands. 

Adamu recognized that there was a schism between the leaders of the south and the north, but claimed it did not begin with President Muhammadu Buhari's administration (retd.).

“The difference did not begin with my generation of politicians,” he remarked. There has been unhappiness and dispute among our politicians since the merging until statehood, and this runs in the blood."

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