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Politics of Wednesday, 15 September 2021


2023: Zoning is not in our constitution - Senator Abdullahi Adamu

Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Former governor of Nasarawa state Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Former governor of Nasarawa state

Former governor of Nasarawa state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has described the zoning as unconstitutional.

He urge people to stop agitating for power shift especially to the southern part of the country ahead of the 2023 general election.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, September 13, he noted that the notion to zone the presidential election is not in the nation's constitution.

“Nowhere in the Nigerian constitution says we should zone any public office. There is federal character. But not that parties must zone positions for the presidency during the election.

“The constitution is being reviewed. If you want a specific provision that presidential positions be zoned, you say it – and tell us how you want it to be zoned.

“Is it going to be from one zone to another? You can’t just wish away, a situation that is fundamental to a country. You can’t talk of merit and talk of zoning. You can’t.

“Do we have anything like that in the American constitution? Are we more democratic than the Americans? It is democracy. Why do you want to change it? Wishful thinking only. How do you zone it? Yes, somebody is saying the east has not had a president.

"I agree and I sympathise with them but the constitution says you can only become president through the ballot box. We have been saying it during elections that every vote must count. So, why do you want to zone? Zone your mind if you want to zone,” the senator said.