The 2023 presidential poll is less than two years, there are a lot of controversies over the part of the country that will produce the successor of President Muhammadu Buhari who hails from the northern region.
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After the return of democracy in 1999, the southern region has ruled the country for 14 years while the northern region would have ruled the country for 10 years at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari's tenure in 2023.
This is why the northern region wants to sustain power beyond 2023 and produce the successor of President Buhari. The southern region that last occupied the presidential position in 2015 also wants the northern part of the country to zone the presidential seat to the south to produce the next President.
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The Northern Governors' Forum in their last meeting rejected the call for zoning of the presidential position to southern Nigeria and described the move by their southern counterparts as unconstitutional.
Many political pundits believed that the decision of the Northern Governors' Forum on presidential zoning might have been triggered by the recent ban on open grazing and the adoption of state administration of Value Added Tax (VAT) by the Southern Governors' Forum.
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As the zoning of presidential position continued to generate a lot of controversies, there are two major things the southern Governors can do to gain the support of the northern Governors on the zoning of the presidential position to the south in 2023.
Reverse Ban On Open Grazing
One of the things the southern governors can do to convince the northern politician to support the call for zoning of presidency to the south in 2023 is to reverse the ban on open grazing.
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Recall that many influential northerners like the Attorney General of the Federal and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami had kicked against the idea to ban open grazing and described it as equivalent to prohibiting spare parts business in the north and said the policy doesn't align with the constitution of the country.
If the southern governors can drop the ban on opening grazing, it may help to convince the northern politicians to support the call for zoning of the presidential position to the south in 2023.
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Return To Status Quo On VAT
Another thing that may also convince northern elites to agree on the zoning of the presidency to the south is for the Southern Governors to go back to the status quo and drop the idea of state administration of Value Added Tax (VAT).
Recall that Northern Governors during their meeting in Kaduna kicked against the idea of the Southern Governors to adopt state administration of VAT.
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The state administration of VAT is seen by many northern politicians as a direct attack on the north because of the number of northern states with low VAT depending on the VAT shared by the Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS).
A return to the status quo on the VAT crisis may likely convince the northern elites to support the call for zoning of the presidency to the south in 2023.
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