-A few months to the 2019 general election, the people of southern part of Nigeria have been urged to bury ambition for presidential seat for now
-This was made in a statement by former senator Roland Owie, who also called for respect for principle of power rotation
- He said the southerners have had their own share of the power for time long
Ahead of the coming general elections in 2019, the southern people of the country have been told to keep eyes off the presidential seat. This is coming from senator Roland Owie, a former chief whip of the Senate who also doubles as the current chairman of the national committee of Action Democratic Party (ADP).
This is contained in a statement reported by the Vanguard newspaper. The former senator was quoted as saying it is against the principle of rotation between the north and the south which was built on natural justice for people of the southern part of the country to keep eyes on the presidential seat come 2019 general elections.
NAIJ.com gathers that as the general elections draw nearer, the Aso Rock seat has been the target of many politicians from the southern part of Nigeria
In the statement, Roland said: “It is unfortunate that very many of our southern politicians are very naive and shallow. Some years ago, Nigerians agreed, at least as a convention, that the presidency of Nigeria be rotated between North and South. It started in 1999. The south took the first shot through President Olusegun Obasanjo 1999-2007. The north took over with President Umaru Yar`Adua but unfortunately Yar`Adua died and President Goodluck Jonathan took over.”
“If we calculate from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2019, the South would have produced the President of Nigeria for a total of 14 years and 240 days, while the North would have had the presidency for five years and 339 days. “So from May 29, 2019, the North still has eight years of presidency. Where there is no justice, there can never be peace. For justice and peace to reign, presidency should be zoned to the North and Vice-President to South East, and when North completes her tenure in 2027 then Presidency goes to the South East.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Festus Keyamo (SAN), the director of strategic communication of President Muhammadu Buhari in a series of Twitter post said the next year general election will be decided based on street popularity.
The legal luminary pointed out that the era in which Nigeria’s president(s) were decided by military generals, has gone.
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