Mamman Daura Erred Zoning of Presidency, Called for Qualified Candidate Instead. Afenifere, Niger Delta, others faulted the call; while Arewa, others, okayed the call.
As the country is looking forward to the 2023 presidential election, it is out of doubt that there’s preparation in all parts of the country as to we takes up the mantle.
However, there may be plans by some geopolitical regions as well as parties to take over the mantle, one of which can be perceived by the influencial cousin of President Buhari, Mallam Mamman Daura, who called for prohibition of zoning, rather to have the most qualified candidate.
In his view, the presidential seat is to be occupied by the best candidate who emerge the winner, rather than any candidate who is favored by zoning.
Regarded as the most powerful personality in Buhari’s administration, Daura in a teaser for an exclusive interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC, said the most qualified person from any part of the country should succeed his uncle.
Buhari’s second term will elapse by 2023; and nocturnal moves have begun in different parts of the country as to which part should produce the next president.
There were allegations that some elements from the North were perfecting plans to retain the presidency.
Our correspondents report that since the country returned to civil rule in 1999, power had been rotating between the North and the southern part of the country.
The quest by blocs in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to take over the control of the party ahead of 2023 had created serious uproar in the polity until President Buhari intervened.
Mamman Daura Called Erred Zoning of Presidency, Called for Qualified Candidate Instead
Daura said since Nigerians had tried the rotational presidency about thrice already, it would be better to go for the most qualified candidate in 2023, irrespective of whether he comes from the North or South.
“Rotation has been done once, twice and three times; it is important that this nation should be united as one, the most qualified, competent should be elected and not someone who comes from a particular zone,” he said.
There were allegations that Daura is the leader of the purported “cabal” that plays key role in decision making at the villa.
When asked about how he advises the President Buhari, he said, “Yes, I usually visit and offer advice. If he (Buhari) asks me, I offer advice but I don’t just go and tell him what to do; you don’t do that with the government.”
However, mixed reactions yesterday trail his position on the 2023 presidency.
Afenifere faulted the call.
In his reaction, the spokesman for Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, in a chat with our correspondent said the South was not unmindful of the fact that the North would want to have a shot again in the presidency after Buhari.
According to him, the South envisages many candidates to indicate interest in the presidency in 2023 but the country must stand firm and respect the zoning agreement.
Speaking further, the spokesman reteriorated that is in doubtful that Northern candidate will come forth, however, it is the decision of the Nigerian citizens to accept the Northern candidate or stick to the zoning agreement of 1999.
Niger Delta Right Advocate, Others Faulted the Call
Also speaking, the Chairman of Niger Delta Right Advocate, Darlington Nwauju, said that the call for the cancellation of rotational presidency was myopic and of no relevance.
He said that rotational presidency and zoning formula were part of an unwritten agreement between the South and the North, saying that the gentleman agreement should be sustained.
He further emphasized that the rotational presidency has favored the weaker region in the country to attain the presidency position.
Furthermore, a chieftain of the APC, Mr. Joe Igbokwe in a chat with the media, said given the diverse nature of Nigeria, rotational presidency should be maintained.
He said going by the huge population of Nigeria and its size, there was the need to maintain the balance of power by allowing it “go south” in the 2023 presidential election.
Also, an advocate of rotational presidency, Dr. Wunmi Bewaji, said the statement by Daura was an invitation to anarchy, stressing that zoning was central to Nigeria’s democracy.
Bewaji further described the statement as “most unfortunate statement, very disappointing.” adding that it could inappropriately hicked the policy.
Arẹwà Consultative Forum, Others, Okays the Call
In lieu of the forgoing, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has described the issue of rotational presidency as unconstitutional agreement reached and adopted by parties for their own convenience.
The ACF National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, responding to Daura’s statement, said: “the Nigerian constitution does not make provision for rotational presidency; it is done at the convenience of political parties and not a constitutional practice. There is nowhere in the Nigerian constitution where there is provision for rotation.”
Yawe further said if political parties on their own decided to jettison rotational presidency, they have the right to do so.
Similarly, a Kano based political analyst, Dr Abbati Bako, said the rotational presidency in democratic practice was an out dated system.
He argued that the term “Democracy” is a game of the major and the minority, hence the voice of both should be listen to as it is one of the 57 key elements to democratic system.
Speaking further, he advocated that the rotational presidency is against the ethics of democratic ruling, further tagging the system as “Democrazy”, he said the ways of electing individuals based on region, religious of ethnicity is completely undemocratic.
Also, Peter Patrick, a former head of the department of Political Science, Kaduna State University (KASU) said that those who felt rotation was still useful for the country should push for constitutional amendment for it to be incorporated.
The lecturer pushed further that the Daura statement is not counter-constitution, however, he further recognized the importance as he said it helps to calm those who have been marginalized.
Several reactions has sprouted after the controversial statement by Mamman Daura, which with critical anysis, one can ascertain the fact.
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