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2023: Atiku Says No Zoning In Nigeria’s Constitution, Wants Indirect Primary In PDP

Atiku says zoning is not recognised in Nigeria’s constitution.

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has faulted the idea of zoning, saying that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does not recognize it.

2023: Atiku Says No Zoning In Nigeria’s Constitution, Wants Indirect Primary In PDP

Atiku Says He Wants Indirect Primary In PDP

The ex-vice president spoke at a meeting with members of a group, Let’s Fix Nigeria with Atiku, on a solidarity visit at his residence in Abuja.

He expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would adopt the indirect primary, which he said was not only the most efficient and least expensive but also allowed the politically enlightened members of the party to make important decisions for the party.

Atiku, who is one of the prominent northern politicians interested in contesting the 2023 presidential election, said any Nigerian endowed with the right attributes could lead the country, as against the call for a younger president, urging Nigerians to look for such a person and give him leadership.

Recalling how he bought the idea of zoning in the PDP during a discussion with a former vice president, the late Dr Alex Ekwueme, Atiku assured that he would adopt measures that would unify and stabilise Nigeria if elected.

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He said, “Fundamentally, the Constitution says all of us can run. The Constitution has not barred any one of us. There is no zoning in the Constitution; there is none. I was a member of the constituent assembly that drafted the current Constitution and there was nothing like that.

“But then, as a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, we felt that there should be a sense of belonging. We went and invented this zoning.

“Therefore, we went further to say there should be zonal representation. So, let me assure you that as far as I am concerned, I will observe and implement whatever will bring about the peace and stability of this country.

“Leadership is endowed by God. You can have a young man come and do better than an old man. So, it is an endowed attribute from God, therefore, we should try to look for such a person who has been endowed by God, who has those attributes and then give him leadership.”

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Nigeria More Divided Than Ever – Atiku

The former vice president also lamented that Nigeria was more divided now than it was during the Civil War, while insecurity and poverty had become prevalent in the country.

He said, “I have never seen; this country have so many challenges at the same time. So, sometimes, when I am on my bed, I begin to wonder whether to go for it (contest) or not because the challenges are just too many. In my life, I have never seen Nigeria in such a bad situation.

“As far as the unity of this country is concerned, we are more divided. Even when we fought the Civil War, we were never as divided as this. We never have a breakdown of law and order like this because when we fought the Civil War, it was confined to a particular location, in every other place, there was peace.

“We never had this kind of poverty where even the farmer cannot go to farm the food to eat, not to talk of commercial farming. So, I have never seen this country so bad, and it is going to be a daunting task for anybody to come and turn things around.”

Meanwhile, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has revealed why the people of the state may not support Atiku Abubakar in his presidential bid in 2023.

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