2023: We oppose power rotation, Northern group tells Southern Governors
By Omolade Adegbuyi
The Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG) had expressed strong opposition to the rotation of the post of the President.
The group on Tuesday raised eyebrows over the resolutions of the Southern governors at their Lagos meeting held on Monday.
In Monday’s ‘Lagos Resolutions’, Southern governors, among other things, backed the calls for a power shift to the south.
But in response, the Northern coalition rejected the position of the governors, saying that the presidency is a democratic office and not a rotational position.
The CNG further accused the Southern governors of conspiring against the North, in particular, to force a regional shift of the Presidency in 2023 by whatever means and tactics
The Forum’s spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said by so doing, the Souther governors are shielding “felons, arsonists and mass atrocity perpetrators in their midst by challenging the prerogative of the Federal Government to enforce law and order in all parts of the country.”
The statement reads, “The desperation of the southern governors to shield the assortment of criminals, incite and carry out attacks, and wanton destruction of lives and property of other citizens and national security assets has exposed the level of their complicity in the operations of the armed terrorist groups in the South.
Their support for treasonable felony, by the subtle endorsement of the activities of such criminal separatist forces led by the likes of Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu, by warning the nation’s security agencies against operating in the region without obtaining permission from the governor of the particular state is a matter that must be given the seriousness it deserves.”
The northern group added that the governors resolutions on 2023 exposed a deliberate attempt to impose a contentious system of rotational presidency aimed at achieving dubious political goals to weaken the North.
“This conspiracy is actively perpetrated with the connivance of some northerners and accommodated by the personal ambition of a few of those that present themselves as northern political leaders.