2023: “Respect presidency zoning arrangement” Ohanaeze Ndigbo advises Yahaya Bello

Tells governor ‘You were in school when North, South agreed on zoning’ 

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo cultural group has frowned against the statement made by the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, that rotational presidency is unconstitutional and that Nigerians should be allowed to make their choices for the best candidate to emerge for the top post.

The Ohanaeze National Publicity Secretary, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu yesterday, said the statement made by Governor Bello spoke at the seminar for political and crime correspondents in Abuja on Friday may lead him to political adventure that lacks both conscience and principle.

According to the statement, “Governor Bello, no doubt, has demonstrated a remarkable obsession with ambition shortly after Providence paved way for him to be sworn-in as the governor of Kogi State in 2015 at an impressionable age of 40.

“There is no doubt that Bello has a date with destiny, going by a smooth political ascendancy that life has presented to him. However, I have my fears that he is embarking on a political adventure that lacks both conscience and principle. 

It further said,  Gov. Bello was still a student, studying accountancy at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria when an agreement was reached between the North and the South with respect to Rotational Presidency. 

The meeting was held at the National University Commission (NUC) Conference Centre, Abuja in 1998. Dr.Chuba Okadigbo spoke on behalf of the South while Alh. Abubakar Rimi spoke for the North. The likes of Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Chief Solomon Lar, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, etc were at the meeting.

Also reacting, the former governor of Zamfara State, Senator Sani Yerima, has insisted on his constitu­tional right to run for pres­ident in 2023 irrespective of the pressure from Southern governors to zone the presi­dency to the South, maintain­ing that the presidency should not be by allocation.

In an interview he grant­ed in Abuja at the weekend, Senator Yerima maintained that the presiden­cy should not be by allocation.

According to him, the at­tempt to push for the zoning of the presidency is motivated by selfish interest, and a subtle move to acquire power by al­location.

Yerima, however, ex­plained that should his po­litical party, the All Progres­sives Congress (APC), decide to zone the presidency to the South, he would have no choice than to toe the part of his party, saying that in that regard, he would rest his ambition as, according to him, power comes from God through the people.

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