2023 Presidency: Why SE Should Have A Chance – Northern Group

2023 Presidency Why SE Should Have A Chance – Northern Group
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A coalition of northern groups under the aegis of Arewa Concerned Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria has declared total support of the calls to zone the 2023 presidency ticket to the South-East in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.

According to the Northern group, zoning the presidency to the South-East will automatically quell the agitations for secession by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other secessionist groups and also promote national unity and cohesion.

Addressing a news conference in Kaduna on Monday, the spokesman of the group, Abdulsalam Kazeem, urged all political parties to consider zoning their presidential tickets to the region, noting that the zone has been largely marginalised in the political equation of the country.

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In a communique issued at the end of the meeting which was obtained by Africa Daily News, New York, the group called on Nigerians to support someone from the South East to become President in 2023.

The people of the South-East no longer feel as if they are respected in the Nigerian project. Their people are out causing mayhem, asking people to sit down at home at the detriment of the Federal Government and state governments which has a direct effect on the IGR of those states,” he said.

‘This is how the crisis of the North-East started. Today, the Nigerian government is the highest importer of ammunition despite the enormous resources we have allocated to the fight against insurgency, we have nothing to show for it.

‘They should zone the presidency of Nigeria to the South-East in the interest of fairness, peace and tranquility. If for nothing, for the purpose of the masses they promised to govern.

‘We hereby urge all political parties to zone their presidency tickets to the South-East for justice, equity and fairness.’

The Northern group also drummed support for former President of the Senate and a one-time Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

While describing Anyim as a bridgebuilder and a detribalised Nigerian who will ensure that all interests are protected across the board, Kazeem noted that only the South-East and the North-East out of the six geopolitical zones of the country have not occupied either President or Vice-President seat since 1999 till date.

According to the group’s spokesman, such discrimination was completely anti-democratic democratic standard.

 

AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK

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