Northern Governors Condemn Southern Governors Insistence On Southern Presidency, Says It’s Unconstitutional
Northern Governors under the aegis of the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) have unanimously condemned their southern counterparts’ insistence on the next president emerging from the southern part of Nigeria.
The Northern Governors insist that the stand of Southern Governors was unconstitutional as it contradicts the provisions of the constitution.
The Governors stated this position on Monday in Kaduna after a meeting.
Reading a communique signed by the Governors after the meeting, Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Forum, Simon Lalong, said the position of their colleagues in the south is “condemnable”.
“The Forum observed that some Northern State Governors had earlier expressed views for a power-shift to three geopolitical zones in the South with a view to promoting unity and peace in the nation. Notwithstanding their comments, the Forum unanimously condemns the statement by the Southern Governors Forum that the Presidency must go to the South,” the communique reads.
“The statement is quite contradictory with the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended, that the elected President shall: score the majority votes; score at least 25% of the votes cast in 2/3 States of the Federation. In the case of run-up, simple majority wins the election,” Lalong added.