- Recall that the governors of the 19 northern states opposed the call by their southern counterparts that the Presidency should be zoned to the south in 2023
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has opposed the zoning arrangement by political parties, describing it as unconstitutional and a plot to deter the north from contesting for the presidency in 2023.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, CNG spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said the group aligns with the position of the Northern Governors’ Forum, asking the political parties to jettison the idea of zoning the post to the southern region of Nigeria.
According to him, the north will not be obliged to any zoning arrangement for elective positions in the forthcoming general election.
“We find the renewed desperation by the south to threaten [the] northern people’s right to franchise a deliberate attempt to bastardise democracy, cause greater instability in the guise of contentious undemocratic power shift arrangement and therefore unacceptable,” he said.
“The CNG after due consultation with stakeholders, leaders and elders has categorically resolved to firmly and solidly align completely with the position taken by the Northern Elders Forum as expressed by Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed and that of the Northern Governors’ Forum that zoning of elective positions is unconstitutional, undemocratic and must be jettisoned.”
The CNG spokesman further explained that the northern region is a major stakeholder in Nigeria, especially with respect to elections.
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