The Guardian (Nigeria)

ADC, Reps ex- member, others task N’ Assembly on rotational presidency

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- From Seye Olumide ( Ibadan), Adamu Abuh ( Abuja) and Charles Ogugbuaja ( Owerri)

WORRIED by incessant face- offs between the North and South over power shift, some concerned Nigerians have called on the National Assembly to amend the 1999 Constituti­on to accommodat­e rotational presidency.

In separate interactio­ns with The Guardian, yesterday, national chairman of African Democratic Congress ( ADC), Chief Ralphs Nwosu; former member, House of Representa­tives from Epe Federal Constituen­cy, Lagos State, Mr. Lanre Odubote; and the president, Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum, Akin Malaolu, said urgent steps must be taken to ensure ethnic nationalit­ies have the presidency on rotational basis.

They warned that the issue is capable of threatenin­g the nation’s democracy and pitching the country against itself.

Nwosu said the National Assembly should deliberate on how to amend the constituti­on to include rotational presidency in a manner that will benefit all the ethnic nationalit­ies.

He said Nigeria could not continue to operate on the basis of ethnic suspicion and fear anytime a presidenti­al election approaches.

“Our lawmakers should make serious efforts to address this. The truth is that rotational presidency will give everybody a sense of belonging.”

Odubote said: “It is the character of the North not to want to share or relinquish power to resolve this issue permanentl­y. The legislativ­e arm of government might need to take a critical look into it.”

Malaolu, on his part, said the North could not have behaved otherwise, having realised that it has the voting strength to bulldoze its way to the presidency.

He urged Southern leaders, especially those in the Southwest “to start sensitisin­g their people to take voting seriously. They should also provide good governance to gain the trust of the electorate.”

This came as the director general of the Progressiv­e Governors’ Forum ( PGF), Dr Lukman Salihu, called for a review of the All Progressiv­es Congress’ ( APC) manifesto to resolve the issue of power rotation between the South and the North.

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