Babagana Zulum, Borno State governor, has stated that it is a covenant that power should shift to the south in 2023.
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Zulum said this on Thursday while speaking at a book presentation by Dakuku Perterside, former director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
There have been speculations on whether the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will adopt zoning for the 2023 presidential election or not.
Speaking at the event, Zulum said: “The issue of power rotation is a covenant between us hence the need to shift the power to the south”.
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He added that it is time for Nigeria to do the right thing and that every part of the country should be given a sense of belonging.
Speaking further on how to address problems in the country, Zulum said leaders should strive to pursue peace, as it would improve security and economic growth.
“As leaders, we will pursue peace with everything that we have. When leadership achieves peace then security continues to improve and economic growth naturally follows,” he said.
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“Effective leadership through serious accountability and monitoring is an important factor to succeed. Our system has been so weak that people simply consider civil service as a place to earn salary for doing nothing. We have to choose between competency and loyalty. When we go for competency, then we get it right.”
The Borno governor is not the first governor to say that power should be zoned to the south in the next election.
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Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina, about a week ago, also said that it will be in the interest of fairness for a candidate from the southern region to emerge as president in 2023.