Zoning of elective positions is gradually becoming a political norm in Nigeria. Although, principle of zoning elective positions is not captured in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, it is a character that promotes fairness, unity and all-inclusiveness in the course of running the administration of the country.
Interestingly, major political parties in Nigeria, who have been endorsing zoning principle, usually zone the presidential ticket to either the South or the North. After this, the race of who wins the ticket depends on the political viability, sagacity and prominence of the geopolitical zones, the states and politicians who fall under the favored region.
It is important to recall that both Northern and Southern Regions, in Nigeria, comprise of six geopolitical zones. The North has Northeast, Northwest and North-Central while the South has Southeast, Southwest and South-South.
Thus far, Southeast geopolitical zone has been agitating for the presidential a lot of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but the agitation has never been successful. The failure of Southern Presidential agitations might be traceable to about two key factors.
One, the lack of unity among some of the state governors in the Southeast geopolitical zone could be considered as a major reason that is, sincerely, blocking the chances of the zone to produce Nigerian President.
It could be recalled that Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has never attended meeting of Southeast Governors Forum (SEF) while his counterpart in Anambra State, Willie Obiano usually sent his deputy to represent him at the meeting.
Wonderfully, how will the geopolitical zone come up, unanimously, with strategic decision that can booster their chances of producing Nigerian President, if the governors, who could be considered as the political heads in the zone, failed to embrace unity.
If the Southeastern governors cannot come together to take strategic decision for the region, who do we expect to do so?
Secondly, lack of dogged political icon(s) could be considered as another major reason that is blocking the chances of Southeast to produce President of Nigeria.
Photo: Bola Ahmed Tinubu, culled from the Nation
Sincerely, like him or hate him, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a dogged political icon in the Southwest. Irrespective of the political party Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a respected political leader in the west whose political contributions are, considerably, taken serious by all politicians in the zone.
Just like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former President Olusegun Obasanjo is another political icon whose political contributions have, meaningful, effect in the west. This is apart from the strong political unionism among the governors in the Southwest.
Photo: Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, culled from the Sun
Take it or leave it, former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and former Delta State Governor James Ibori parts of the political navigators in the South-South.
Photo: Muhammadu Buhari, culled from the Tableshakers
President Muhammadu Buhari; former military Heads of States, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, Abdulsalam Abubakar; former vice president Atiku Abubakar; former Presidents of the Senate, David Mark and Bukola Saraki are part of the political icons navigating the political affairs of the North.
Besides, Northern Governors Forum is so strong that its decisions are taken serious by political gladiators across the country.
Sincerely, who are the political icons from Southeast who can prevail over the southeastern governors in decision making?
Who is the political icon in the Southeast whose voice can match the voice of Tinubu in the West?
Who is the political icon in the Southeast whose acceptability can compete with that of of Buhari in the Northwest?
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