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[Opinion] Jonathan’s Rumoured Defection Plan, And The Agitations For Zoning of The 2023 Presidency

For a while now, it has continued to be rumoured that there is a plan for the immediate past President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), where is it said that he could equally emerge as the party’s flag-bearer in 2023 presidential election. Recall that Jonathan only ruled for a term, and could still rule the country once again for a maximum of 4 years.

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The rumour making the rounds about his defection plan, is coming at a time when there is a serious debate between the North and Southern regions, over where the next President of Nigeria should come from. As the South is insisting that the 2023 Presidency should be zoned to the region, the North is also insisting on contesting, with some people from the region, alleging that the North has four more years to rule before power could be returned to the South.

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As the debate is raging on, many people have come to argue that since the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, is from the Northern region, it is normal that the Southern region is given the opportunity to produce his successor. There is no doubt that this position sounds appropriate. However, the big question is what would happen to the 4 years in which the South has ruled ahead of the North.

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It should be recalled that since Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999, the Southern region has ruled the country for 14 years, while the North would have ruled for 10 years by 2023. This imbalance in the number of years, and the rising agitations for the zoning of the 2023 Presidency to the Southern region, are the areas I am looking at, to believe that there could be an iota of truth in the rumoured defection plan of Goodluck Jonathan.

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It is common knowledge that Goodluck Jonathan cannot rule the country again for more than 4 years. In my view, there are chances that he could be backed by some Northern powers to quench the rising agitations for a Southern Presidency in 2023. This would pave the way for a Northern Presidency in 2027, and equally balance the number of years ruled by each region at 18 apiece. This is due to the likelihood that the next President from the Northern region, would complete 8 years in office. As such, one cannot rule out the chances that the former President may return in 2023.

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