A top cleric, Reverend Evaristus Bassey, has appealed to the ruling All Progressive Congress APC against copying the People’s Democratic Party by electing a presidential candidate from the South.
The Catholic priest, who is the Parish Administrator of St. Mary Pro-Cathedral, Calabar, said that some top politicians from the north made s volte face by not supporting the candidacy of a southern person.
It will be recalled that Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had emerged as the candidate of the PDP for the 2023 presidential election in a keenly contested primary in Abuja..
The cleric, in a statement noted that that Nigeria required the zoning of political offices for the sake of equity and peace saying there was no peace without justice.
According to him, it would be unfair and would amount to a politics of tension and impunity, for the president to emerge from the Northern region after eight years of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)’s administration.
Bassey said, “The Conference of Political Parties in Nigeria should come together and agree that once a president has emerged from a certain part of the country in a double tenure of four years, the other half of the country should produce the next president.
“After eight years of the Buhari administration, it would be quite unfair and would amount to a politics of tension and impunity, for the president to emerge from the northern region.
“It is unfortunate that northern politicians threw their hats in the ring when it was obvious that the presidency should go to the southern region.
“Now that the flagbearer of the PDP has emerged from the North, the ruling APC should keep faith and zone the ticket to the South, and it wouldn’t be unfair if those who had aligned with the party from the onset feel they have a right to contest for the highest office.
“Whether from the South-West, South-South or South-East, politicians in that party should close ranks and ensure that someone emerges that is from the South.
“Nigerian youths and Nigerians of all ages should do well to break the hegemony of the two leading parties and support credible candidates from hitherto unpopular parties.
“Zoning should not remain a federal issue but should be domesticated in the states. The office of the governor, the National Assembly, and other major offices should be micro-zoned within sub-national entities for the sake of equity. Making sure these reflect in our national constitution eventually, is a task that must be done.”