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3 Major Issues That Northerners May Worry About If Presidential Tickets Go To The South

There are three major issues that the northern politicians will be worried about if the presidential tickets of the two prominent political parties in Nigeria go to the southern part of the country. Politicians in the southern region of the country have been speaking with one voice concerning the issue of the next president of the country. The southern region of Nigeria wants to produce the next president of the country in the next presidential election that has been scheduled to hold in 2023.

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To show their seriousness, all southern governors held a meeting in Lagos State concerning the issue of the presidency. They all unanimously agreed to produce the next president of the country no matter what the northerners may say. Although the Northern Governors' Forum (NGF) has kicked against this request, the leaders in the south are still adamant about it. The leaders of the opposition party have recently zoned the chairmanship position of the party to the northern part of the country. Indirectly, the presidential candidate of the party will likely come from the south.

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The ruling party members have also been projecting Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the flag bearer of the All Progressive Congress (APC). A top lawmaker in the country also addressed him as "Mr President" and this has shown us that Tinubu may likely be the next flag bearer of the party. It is obvious that the presidential tickets of the two prominent political parties in Nigeria will go to the south. If this happens, there are three key issues in which northerners will worry about.

1. VAT

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The issue of the Valued Added Tax (VAT) is the central issue that northern politicians will be worried about. Some weeks ago, Governor Nyesome Wike of Rivers State suggested that each of the states in Nigeria should be generating tax on their own without the Federal Government interference again. This suggestion was attacked by northern politicians because all the states in Nigeria are not equal in terms of economy and welfare.

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The Federal Government is the one saddled with the responsibility of generating tax, and it will be distributed to the states in Nigeria for it to be equal. The southern governors are in support of the request while northerners are against it. If the next president of the country comes from the south, southerners are going to implement this taxation system.

2. Regional Politics

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Another thing that northerners will worry about it is regional politics. Some people have said that President Muhammadu Buhari mostly appoints people from the northern part of the country to his cabinet. The truth is that no one will live by the riverside and build houses with saliva. If a southern politician emerges as the president of the country in the year 2023, he may also appoint southerners into his cabinet. The northerners should be worried about that as well.

3. Open Grazing

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Herders in the northern part of the country believe in open grazing where cattle will be moved from one place to another. However, the southerners have kicked against the policy many times because some herders are unknowingly trampling on their farmlands. Southern governors have unanimously suggested cattle ranching for the northerners, but northern politicians want to protect their tradition of free movement of cattle. If the next president comes from the south, he may also make cattle ranching compulsory for the herders.

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