Northern Governors: Zoning Unconstitutional

Governors of the 19 Northern states have opposed the call by their southern counterparts that the Presidency should be zoned to the South in 2023.

This formed part of the resolutions reached on Monday when the governors held an emergency meeting with traditional rulers in the region at the Government House in Kaduna State.

According to the northern governors, zoning the office of the President as being agitated by southern governors is against the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. They further stated that any president elected must meet the constitutional requirements which include scoring the majority votes, and polling at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in two-thirds of the 36 states of the Federation.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, who read the communique containing the resolutions noted that although some northern governors had endorsed power shift to the South, the regional governors collectively condemned such calls.