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Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has urged Nigerians to vote for a credible presidential candidate in 2023 regardless of where he or she hails from.
Uzodinma stressed that zoning the Presidency to the Southeast would be good, but the 1999 constitution does not recognise such and cannot be enforced by anyone.
He called on Nigerians to vote for credible presidential candidates based on merit and not zoning.
Uzodinma disclosed this to journalists on the sidelines of the first plenary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigerian in Abuja on Sunday.
According to the governor, ‘Of course, it will be a good idea to zone the Presidency to the Southeast, but in the best of my interest, the process is what we should be looking at. Actually, in the books of our democracy (1999 Constitution), tribe or place of origin is not a factor.
‘So, all I say in my good conscience and moral instinct is that Nigerians should vote in a representative manner where everyone will have a feel of what the Presidency is in reality, but beyond that and very importantly, is the need for merit and competence.
‘They should be the driving criteria for selecting a president. This country has gone through a lot of trouble and temptations. It is high time we did this rightly in Nigeria.’
The Eastern Updates reports that there has a been serious clamour for the Presidency of Nigeria to be zoned to the South East in 2023 by various political parties.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) which Uzodinma belongs to appears to be set to zone its slot to the North while the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been adamant of keeping theirs in the North despite the eight years which the north has spent in power through President Muhammadu Buhari.
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