Abdullahi Adamu, a member of the All Progressives Congress who represents Nasarawa West Senatorial District in the Senate, has dismissed the idea of a power transfer to the south in 2023 as wishful thinking.
At a news conference in Abuja on Monday, the two-term former governor of Nasarawa State stated this.
He explained that because the concept of zoning is not enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, any eligible Nigerian, regardless of the state of origin, is allowed to run in the 2023 presidential election.
” Nowhere in the Nigerian constitution does it suggest we should zone any public office, ” he remarked.
” There is a federal character, but that does not imply that parties must zone presidential positions throughout an election.
” The constitution is currently under review. If you want a specific provision for presidential positions to be allocated, you have to say so– and tell us how you want it zoned.
” Will it be from one zone to the next? ” A problem that is inherent to a country cannot be wished away. You can’t talk about merit and zoning at the same time. You can’t do it.
Someone claims that the East has never had a president. I agree with them and sympathize with them, but the constitution states that the only way to become president is to vote.
” Every vote must count, ” we’ve been saying during elections. So, what’s your motivation for wanting to zone? If you want to zone, zone your mind. ”
Adamu, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, stated that no amount of pressure from southern governors would prevent herders from transferring their cattle to other parts of the country.
” Every Nigerian has the right to free movement and to engage in any legitimate business, ” he stated. It’s written into the law. ”
Nonetheless, the Senator stated that the herders had no right to do illegal acts or ruin other people’s farmlands.
” This (herders’ right of movement) does not justify someone from infringing on another person’s right while exercising his own.
Adamu recognized that there was a schism between the leaders of the south and the north, but claimed it did not begin with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
” The division did not begin with my generation of politicians, ” he remarked.