A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) top chieftain in Bauchi State, Mallam Bibi Dogo, has said that the North-East geopolitical zone should, in the interest of fairness, justice, unity and brotherhood, be allowed to produce the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
Speaking in a statement he made available in Bauchi, he said that the zone was the most backward in Nigeria today compared to other zones in terms of socioeconomic development.
According to him, the North-East is backward despite the huge mineral resources and its population of electorates.
Dogo stated that instead of rotating the presidential seat between North and South of the country, it should be rotated among the six geopolitical zones of the country to ensure inclusiveness and proper circulation of power.
“I called for zoning of the presidency to the North East, specifically with a special focus on Bauchi State, because it is the only zone that is yet to produce a president in either civilian or military arrangement. It is the one which should produce the same in 2023.
“Apart from two gentlemen, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the first Prime Minister of Nigeria and then Atiku Abubakar, who was a one-time Vice President of Nigeria, North East has not had any leader at the top.
“We in the North East are out to pursue the course of justice and fairness in the polity as a condition for peace and progress of the country,” Dogo stated, submitting that capturing the six geopolitical zones in the rotation would ensure inclusion and national unity.
He stated that the North East was the most neglected zone in Nigeria, which accounted for its backwardness in all aspects, adding that to worsen the situation, the zone more than any other zone had been badly hit by the challenges facing the country.
“Due to the many years of neglect, the North East occupies the lowest rung of the country’s socio-economic ladder as poverty, insecurity, unemployment, hunger, power outage and poor infrastructure are most predominant in this part of the country.
“With the highest number of IDPs camps and out-of-school children on the continent, reputable global institutions have also declared the North East as the most unsafe place to live in sub-Saharan Africa,” he lamented.
Dogo submitted that the zone was not fairly treated in terms of states and local governments creation despite its large land mass and population.