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South’s Insistence on Power Shift Unconstitutional – Northern Governors

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The northern governors’ forum has said the insistence of their southern counterparts, that presidency must shift to the south, contradicts the provisions of the constitution.

The goveenors stated this on Monday, after a meeting held in Kaduna.

Southern governors have repeatedly insisted that the next presidency should be zoned to their region.

However, in a communique signed by governor of Plateau and chairman of the northern governors’ forum, Simon Lalong, the governors said: “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,”

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“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.” the communique reads.

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