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General News of Friday, 14 January 2022


2023 Presidency: We won’t support political parties with northern candidates – Southern, Middle Belt leaders

Adebanjo, Obiozor and Clark Adebanjo, Obiozor and Clark

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum on Thursday, January 13, met in Abuja and declared that political parties that field northern presidential candidates won’t enjoy their support in the 2023 general elections.

Those at the meeting include delegations from the four regional socio-cultural organisations: Afenifere (South West), Ohanaeze Ndigbo (South-East), Pan Niger Delta Forum (South-South) and the Middle Belt Forum (Middle Belt).The leaders include Chief Ayo Adebanjo (Afenifere), Prof George Obiozor (Ohanaeze) Dr. Pogu Bitrus (Middle Belt Forum) and Chief Edwin Clark (PANDEF).

In a communique issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the leaders, they agreed on the country’s indissolubility and the need for restructuring. They also maintained that power must shift to the Southern region after the eight-year regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in May 2023.

The communique partly read, “Arising therefrom, the meeting resolved as follows:“That the extant Constitution and Structure of Nigeria are grossly flawed and lopsided, accordingly, Forum restates its demand for the fundamental restructuring of the country by enacting a new Constitution that would enthrone equity, fairness and justice.It must be One Nation, One System;

“Cites that the northern part of the country would have fully enjoyed the Office of the Presidency of the country for the full statutory period of 8 years by 2023, hence, the presidency should rotate to the South;

“Therefore, unequivocally, and in full resolve, call on all political parties in the country to zone their presidential tickets to the south;

“Advices that any political party that does not zone its presidential ticket to the South should not expect support from the four regions;

“Notes that the basis of any viable democracy, especially in a diverse and complex country such as Nigeria, is fair and even sharing of power.”

The Southern and Middle Belt leaders also condemned the continued senseless killings of innocent citizens across the country by terrorists and criminals, especially in the North West Zone and called on the government and security agencies to redouble efforts to safeguard the lives and property of Nigerians.

They cautioned the National Assembly to only give consideration to bills that would promote equity, justice, peace and national cohesion instead of issues that will exacerbate conflicts and crises in the country.

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