JUST IN: Northern governors speak on South’s insistence on power shift
The northern governors’ forum has declared that the position of their southern counterparts that the next president must come from the south, contradicts the provisions of the constitution.
The position of the forum was made known on Monday after a meeting held in Kaduna.
Recall that Southern governors have repeatedly maintained that power must shift to their region.
In a communique signed by governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, the governors said the position of their colleagues in the south is “condemnable”.
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,” the communique reads.
“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.”
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