2015: Se­na­tor Al­has­san faults clamor for zon­ing in Taraba

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Jalingo

Se­na­tor Aisha Jummai Al­has­san, rep­re­sent­ing Taraba North Se­na­to­rial District has faulted the call for zon­ing of gov­er­nor­ship po­si­tion to the South­ern part of the state come 2015.

Aisha, who said this at a press con­fer­ence in Jalingo yes­ter­day, de­scribed the idea of zon­ing as ad­vo­cated in some quar­ters in the state as ‘un­con­sti­tu­tional, null and void and of no ef­fect’.

The se­na­tor who was ap­par­ently re­act­ing to the call by the people of South­ern Taraba that the gov­er­nor­ship po­si­tion be zoned to them come 2015, opined that elec­tion of can­di­dates should be on the ba­sis of merit and not zon­ing as be­ing ad­vo­cated.

“There is noth­ing like zon­ing in the Nige­rian con­sti­tu­tion and also in Taraba state.Yes the first civil­ian gover­nor, Rev. Jolly Nyame is from north­ern zone but people from all the zones con­tested against him; Gover­nor Dan­baba Sun­tai is from Cen­tral zone but people from all the Zones con­tested against him as well. All I know is that I am from Taraba and very qual­i­fied to con­test gov­er­nor­ship of the state if the people found me wor­thy then I will be elected,” she said.

She said there was no time people of the state sat down and agreed on any zon­ing ar­range­ment say­ing, “My take is that zon­ing is un­con­sti­tu­tional and the grand norm of this coun­try is the con­sti­tu­tion; there was never a time that there was an agree­ment about zon­ing in Taraba state”.

She said the idea of zon­ing in the state can­not hold wa­ter as people from the Cen­tral and North­ern zones are equally clam­our­ing for the po­si­tion, adding that in­ter­ested people should con­test while the elec­torates make their choices ac­cord­ingly.

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