THE Niger Delta Youth Coalition (NDYC), a pressure group, has called on the National Assembly to enact a legislation that would enthrone and protect the zoning systems and rotation of elective political positions in the country.
The group’s National Coordinator, Mr Emmanuel Ogba, on Saturday in Port Harcourt, urged the National Assembly to strive towards legalizing zoning and rotation of offices especially that of the President and Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Ogba also called on the youth and politicians in the North to begin preparations towards galvanising support for a president from the South in 2023.
He said that if the constitution was amended to accommodate political zoning of offices the crisis and desperation that has characterized presidential elections in the country would abate.
He said: “By entrenching zoning in the nation’s constitution, the presidential election will be less expensive and the height of desperation that is always witnessed during presidential elections would have been drastically reduced.”
The coordinator also revealed that some political parties, like the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have had zoning as their party policy adding that the measure had to a large extent boosted the party’s internal democracy.
According to him, the PDP zoning model in the last general election to a large extent helped reduce internal political crises that in the past bedeviled the party .
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he appealed to members of the PDP, particularly those from the northern part of the country, to always embrace zoning irrespective of political interests.
Reacting to a recent statement credited to Prof. Ango Abdulahi accusing former president , Dr. Goodluck Jonathan of discarding the zoning system, Ogba argued that such criterion should not be allowed to truncate the zoning formula.
“After the administration of former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, NDYC played a major role by advocating for a power shift to the north, which was eventually actualised.
“By 2023 when President Muhammadu Buhari would have completed his second term of four years, we feel that the right thing is to call on the youths and influential politicians from the North to support the South produce the next President of Nigeria,” he said.