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Presidency: Why APC structure did not seize North-South zoning, Osoba explains

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Former Governor of Ogun State and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Olusegun Osoba, has defined why the ruling social gathering didn’t seize North-South zoning association agreed upon by the social gathering leaders earlier than the 2015 presidential election.

In line with Osoba, who was the chairman of the structure drafting committee of the APC on the time, the gents’s settlement was not drafted within the structure so as to not go in opposition to the elemental rights of anybody to aspire to any workplace within the nation.

The elder statesman, who turns 82 in the present day, made this recognized in an interview with The PUNCH.

He additionally supported the current name by the 17 Southern governors that the following President ought to come from the South although some northern teams and governors have insisted on competence, numerical energy of voters forward of zoning.

However Osoba stated, “In a democracy, we permit completely different opinions however the fragile scenario in Nigeria ought to train us that not one part can proceed to experience roughshod on the opposite. I consider that the Presidency, for now, for the survival of Nigeria, for the continuation of this nation, ought to rotate between North and South. If you happen to discuss of competence, is competence restricted to a selected ethnic group or sub-ethnic group?

“Through the APC merger, we determined that the President of the social gathering would come from the North, the chairman can be from the South and after eight years, the Presidency would return to the South. In each area, we’ve hundreds of thousands of people who find themselves competent. So, the concept that advantage and competence needs to be forward of zoning… what customary is getting used to measure competence? I’m in complete assist of the southern governors.

“After we had been forming the APC, we agreed that the Presidency can be given to the North and we the progressives within the South-West agreed. The second level of negotiation was the devolution of energy, true federalism. So, some who weren’t there can’t inform us to cease that. I stand on the truth that we must always rotate the Presidency between the North and South of the social gathering.”

When requested that the APC has no written structure on zoning, the ex-governor stated, “I used to be the chairman of the structure drafting committee of the APC. We drafted the structure and the explanation we didn’t put it into writing is that it might be challenged in court docket and something in writing might be seen as going in opposition to the elemental proper within the structure which ensures the appropriate to aspire to any workplace within the nation. However for the aim of the survival of the nation, we agreed to this however we can’t put it into writing. It can’t be enforced in court docket however it’s an unwritten understanding and for the sake of the continuity of Nigeria, the Presidency ought to come from the South.”


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