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Ohaneze wants zoning of presidency in constitution

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THE rotation of the country’s’ presidency within its six geo-political zones should be made constitutional for equity justice and fairness.

  Council of Elders, Ohaneze Ndigbo, who called for the rotation of presidency with the six geo-political zones noted that the zoning arrangement will seal the fear of ethnic domination in the country.

  Chairman of the council,Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the end of its extraordinary meeting in Abuja, said that limiting the zoning of the country to the North and South is vague and therefore should be discouraged.

  He stated that the council believes that it was agreed that the presidency be zoned to the South in 2023 since the South West and South-South had provided the country’s president; it is now the turn of the South East.

  “We, the South East leaders did everything possible to convince the South West & South-South leaders on the need for it to produce the country’s next president”.

  “The leaders including Middle Belt leaders agreed that it was the turn of the South East and even made public statement to support Igbo presidency in 2023”.

  “The political class later-worked on a contrary decision after the agreement. They took unfortunate decision which made us feel terribly betrayed not by the elders but by the political class. We are confident that the elders of the South-South and Middle Belt supported the Igbo presidency in 2023.

  “It is therefore our candid view that issues of zoning the presidency should reflect in our constitution. Though the South East Geo-Political Zone was disappointed when none of the two major political parties zoned its presidential ticket to the region, it would not boycott next year’s election.

  He lamented that Nigerians of Igbo extractions are the major stakeholders in the Nigerian project and the only tribe seen across the 36states of the federation and Abuja.

  “Ndigbo are not going to abandon Nigeria. We are the biggest investors in any part of the country and we are not going to withdraw our participation in all the political activities towards 2023 election.

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