The insistence of northern leaders that power can't rotated could actually be explained. The leaders would be worried about allowing a southern politician to take over from the president. There are two cogent and convincing reasons the leaders would be concerned about leaving power to south.
The second and last tenure of Muhammadu Buhari expires soon and he won't be up for another term. The northern governors and leaders have now argued against the so-called rotation of power which could have allowed south to unconstitutionally take over.
Recall that prominent northern leaders and elite have condemned zoning formula. Mr. Abdullahi Adamu, Ahmed Sani Yerima, Yahaya Bello have said that zoning system isn't constitutional. Then, why would northerners be worried about southern presidency?
The first apparent reason is rooted in the step that Mr. Nyesom Wike and Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu have taken in recent times. The two governors have said that their respective states (Rivers and Lagos) would collect the Valued Added Tax. They have even finalised their decision although the matter is still in the court.
The Valued Added Tax is being collected by the federal government which shares the funds based on available benchmark. The poorer states rely so much on the funds and most of them are from northern region. Immediately the issue started, the Gombe Yobe State governor Inuwa Yahaya begged Wike to consider their northern brothers.
The northern leaders and elite would be so much upset that if a southerner takes over the affairs of the country, the issue of VAT may come to reality and northern states and governments would be seriously affected.
The second reason is that the northern leaders would be so much worried about the anti open grazing laws being promulgated by the southern governors. At least three governors have signed the bills to law. And it is clear that the laws would really affect the herdsmen who can't afford ranching.
The federal government has urged the herdsmen to sue states and the government is ready to provide assistance to the herdsmen. But little is what the federal government can do. Note that President Muhammadu Buhari would soon leave power.
The concern of the northern leaders would be that since a southerner would take over, the interest of the north may be jeopardized and the region stands to lose a lot. Hence, the leaders from north would worry about southern presidency in 2023.
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