2023: Gov. Masari insists on power shift to South

Says power rotation will strengthen Nigeria’s federalism

Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has reiterated his position on power shift to the southern part of the country, saying that would help consolidate the nation’s confederation system.

Governor Masari, who stated this at a media parley in Katsina yesterday, said although the constitution does not provide for the mandatory shift of power to any region, such an arrangement would help the country’s current political structure. According to him, the transition committee set by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar-led military administration in 1999 suggested that each geo-political zone be given an opportunity of five years to rule the country but the provision did not make it to the Constitution.

Masari urged politicians, journalists, religious and traditional leaders to put the interest of the country ahead of their personal interests as the 2023 general elections approached.

The governor also blamed opposition parties for his failure to conduct local government elections in the state in the last six years. He, however, said there are plans to conduct the poll in 2022, adding that more than 70 percent of what is required for the election is on ground.

Some Nigerians, particularly in the Southern part of the country, have been clamouring for a power shift to the region in 2023.

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