The Northern Elders Discussion board on Tuesday counseled the governors of the area for rejecting rotation of the 2023 Presidency to the south as being clamoured by the Southern Governors Discussion board.
The Spokesman of the NEF, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, whereas talking at a press convention in Kaduna on Tuesday, described the demand by the Southern Governors on the 2023 Presidency as unacceptable.
Baba-Ahmed stated the southern governors constituted a menace to the nation’s democracy with their demand.
In keeping with him, any president to be elected ought to be finished democratically and never by threats and intimidations.
He stated, “We had raised the problems two weeks in the past, however we’re completely happy that the Northern Governors have additionally spoken out that. Rotational presidency will not be positioned within the structure of Nigeria, however this doesn’t make it unlawful, or solely signifies that it may solely be dealt with on the political stage.
“We drew consideration to the truth that there are tendencies the 17 Governors of the South to gang up and create a bi-partisan assault towards the North on just about all points from open grazing, rotational presidency and different points.
“The Southern Governors characterize a severe menace to the democratic course of. What the democratic course of recognises is that there are political events, there are candidates and there are voters. Whoever emerges because the candidate ought to be the product of negotiation and expression of standard will.”
Baba-Ahmed said that the NEF had needed Nigerians from the Southern half to recognise the truth that the democratic values had been nonetheless on the bottom and sacrosanct.
In keeping with him, democratic values are usually not negotiable and, as such, southern governors can not use expressions like ‘presidency should transfer right here or there’.
He stated, “There generally is a Southern president; there generally is a Northern president and no one ought to construct boundaries round which area produces the President. What’s necessary is that it have to be a dedicated and a really competent Nigerian; a Nigerian everyone can determine with and never a product of area, faith or tribe.”