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Why North Should Produce President In 2011?

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Imo State, Chief Brady Chijioke Nwosu, has said that the rotation of political offices is the best for a multi-ethnic nation like Nigeria. In an interview with Daily Sun, Nwosu, while maintaining that it is the turn of the North to produce the President in 2011 as espoused by the founding fathers of the party, noted that it is only through zoning and rotation of political offices that every region will have access to political power at the top

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Zoning has been with us

In 1914, it was two regions, the North and South that amalgamated to form Nigeria under Lord Lugard. Before then, in 1908, the West and the East had fused to become Southern protectorate with headquarters in Lagos. At independence, even though there were three regions - East, North and West, the federal seats were shared on the principle of 1914, which only recognized the North and the South. That was the reason why 50 percent of seats at the federal house went to the North while the South, which comprised East and West shared the remaining 50 per cent equally. This principle has been followed and maintained by successive governments. Even during state creation, this principle was upheld.

During the Second Republic, the five and later six political parties enshrined the unwritten agreement of the principle of North and South for power rotation. The ruling National Party of Nigeria (NPN) recognized North and South as the parameter for power rotation, which would have led to power shifting to South after the termination of Alhaji Shehu Shagari’s tenure in 1987 had the military not struck to truncate the civilian government then.

It was during the constitutional conference set up by late the General Sani Abacha that the idea of six zones came into focus. Of these six zones, three are in the North and the other three are in the South. When the present ruling PDP was formed in 1998 by politicians from various zones, they agreed that for equity to be institutionalized in the polity generally, power should rotate between North and South with South taking the first slot of eight years (1999 - 2007) and thereafter the North. No groups, persons or zones objected to this. After the unfortunate death of former President Umaru Yar’Adua from North and the eventual ascension of Goodluck Jonathan, his deputy, to presidency, this principle that has held us together is about to be cast overboard as politicians currying favour of the president now see truth as anathema and are speaking from both sides of their mouths against the rotation principle in the party.

Jonathan is a beneficiary of zoning

President Jonathan is a beneficiary of the same zoning of political office he now wants to do away with. He should be humble and grateful enough to God that has brought him so far without shedding much sweat. Jonathan should avoid the hangers-on that want to drag him to run in 2011. This will be taking his good luck too far, thereby destroying the present order, which in the long run will generate bad blood.

Whether we like it or not, in a multi-ethnic nation like ours with low literacy level and where citizens have much attachment to place of origin, ethnicity and religion will for a long time be determinant factors in deciding our political leaders. Is it possible to elect both president and vice of the same religion from the same zone irrespective of their competence? The answer is no, which is why ethnicity is an issue. We should respect the rotation principle and ensure that only the most competent from the zone whose turn it is to produce the presidency occupies such office. Every zone at any time has credible people to run for the highest office in the land.

The fear of Jonathan running for 2011

After his first term that ends in 2015, he would go for second term since the constitution allows him and would end up in 2019. That means he must have ruled for nine years making him the longest civilian president. Since it is now survival of the fittest, if power eventually goes to the North, it will be difficult for another zone to get it again because, the North is monolithic unlike the South. There is the advantage of population for the North, which has more local governments, wards, states, and more members in the National Assembly. So if 20 years after 2019 and the North are still holding to power, the cry by the South against northern domination should not arise. We should remember that it was the seed that was sown in 2011 that the South will be reaping.

This is the best time to avoid the hue and cry of northern domination of political power in future by the South. We should remember that in 1999, the SouthWest rejected Obasanjo and didn’t vote for him but with the northern votes he won without the support of his people. That tells the strength of the north.

Jonathan 2011 is no threat to IBB

Even though it is assumed that Jonathan is running in 2011, he can’t hinder IBB’s ambition. The President has not contested any election before. He has no political structure. It will be unfortunate that the first time he would be contesting election that he would fail. If I were Jonathan, I will resist the temptations and quit while the ovation is loudest. If there is a level playing field as he is canvassing through the electoral reforms, the President will lose in his contest against IBB. The former military President has much advantage over him. IBB is bridge-builder and does not have boundary. He is easily accessible with immeasurable goodwill. Apart from his military and security knowledge, he has good interpersonal memory and cognizance and wealth of experience from the past.

I want to reposition Imo State

Imo State is experiencing the biblical Ichabod. The glory has left the state. It is my desire to bring the lost glory of the state. I am coming to restore hope in place of despair and gnashing of teeth. The governor Ikedi Ohakim has tried his best in the state.

With me, Imo people will experience a new lease of life. All that make life meaningful will be provided. The expectation is so great on the people as they will have their destinies fulfilled.

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well evans, to be sincere with you, the north needs to produce the next president in 2011. it is the only way to ensure fair play. but have you considered the consequences that may arise from this cruel and awkward arrangement.

anyway,it seems that you need to be educated on some issues concerning nigeria and nigerians.

first, there is a need to compare the development level of nigeria with its contemporaries.

may be you should also ask yourself what exactly will be the benefit of nothern presiency.

i leave you to ruminate with these.

bye

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i just want to know what the northern presidents did for nigeria when they were in power, nothing, since u have failed let us give it to someone else to give it someone else and see whether he can makes things happen, i taya for my northern ppl woo, na greediness go kill us woo,

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Monkey aszz nigga! Lol. dARK AS midnight?!!?!!! Foolish Ibo talk as usual.lol. Always talking bout "we ligght skinnded cus we Jews".lol.  Even the lightest, bleached out part of your body aint as light as my elbows, ankles, or knees, gay! U homo, I'm irking you? Good! Stop hating on the others and Ima give your ugly, old aszz looking, wannabe 22 yrs old self a freakn break! I REPEAT THEY HATE YALL AND AINT THAT THE TRUTH?! kILL URSELF!

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by real candidate I actually mean a serious presidential candidate.

Now SW political thinking is different, Not many SW respect Tinubu, for Fasola, Yes! But SW will need to be sure he is only a VP to a credible Northerner, not the likes of IBB and Buhari

But if Jonathan plays his card very well and pick a progressive Northerner as running mate, like Ribadu, trust me majority of SW will go with him.

Now, one problem currently with SE is that they have no leader who can command the respect of at least 2 states of their own, not to talk of other states out of their region. If you disagree, give me one name.

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^^

Most of the kidnapping in the south east (and other parts of Nigeria) are aided by policemen.

That is why I'm asking for local policing as the permanent cure for kidnapping and armed robbery.

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Kidnapping: Onovo orders arrest of two police officers

By Kingsley Omonobi

ABUJA—The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo has ordered the interrogation of two Police officers, a Mobile Police personnel and a Regular officer (names with-held), who are said to be conspirators and are involved in all the kidnappings in Anambra State.

Vanguard gathered that the officers who are posted to the Nnewi Division of the Police in Anambra State, have also assisted kidnappers and kidnapping gangs with useful information on plans of the Police any time, they carried out kidnappings of innocent citizens for ransom and the police were closing in on them.

Sources told Vanguard that the officers who were arrested last week at Nnewi, were allegedly entitled to certain percentages on any successfully kidnapping in which they played active roles, adding that they have been moved to Abuja on the orders of the IGP and are being interrogated by the Force Criminal Investigations Department, FCID, Abuja.

It would be recalled that a fortnight ago, Mr. Onovo summoned the AIG’s of Zone 9, Hafiz Ringim and AIG Zone 6, Felix Ogbaudu to the force headquarters’ and expressed his discomfort over incidents of kidnapping and armed robbery, particularly in the South East and charged both senior officers to tackle the incidents promptly

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2010/06/11/kidnapping-onovo-orders-arrest-of-two-police-officer/

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The North shouldn't produce any leader for Nigeria anymore.

The ones that are being put in office are stealing Nigerians' money for their personal needs.

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The truth is that non of all the hullaboola made here on nl has an impact on nigeria's politics

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Shut your Yoruba assss dark as midnight self up. I mean really, you are starting to irk me. You are so obsessed with the Igbo. Good Lord, give it a break FOOL!

I hate when a Yoruba or any Nigerian who was raised in the West and try to talk to people who were born and raised in Naija our history. Stay in yankee!

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The north should not produce the next president, even though I am a northerner I accept that reality is more important than my wishful thoughts. Nigeria is it is now is a country where a GREAT majority of the people presently vote mostly according to religious and ethnic lines, so rotational presidency is the only way all the major tribes or regions can rule and feel that they are also a part of the system since we have foolishly convinced ourselves that having a man from our religion or region mounting the presidency is more important than good governance or development. . . .The north can rule for the next 4 years but the Igbo's should also be given a chance else GJ should continue. . . . .Personally I think GJ will be good for Nigeria. . . .

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Support for Jonathan receives boost in S’East, S’South

By DAVID ONWUCHEKWA, Nnewi

Thurday, June 10, 2010

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A group of core politicians and business tycoons from South East and South South have gathered under the aegis of Jonathan Goodluck Support Group to give boost to the clamour for President Jonathan to contest in 2011.

The group, with its National Coordinator, Chief Augustine Ogbuejiofor, addressed the press in Awka, Anambra State shortly after its meeting in Enugu, urging the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to give automatic ticket to Jonathan for next year’s general election.

Chief Ogbuejiofor cited what he described as drastic reduction in fuel price to N64 per liter in many parts of the country and a relatively steady power supply as outstanding achievements of President Jonathan under few months he took over mantle of leadership as president of Nigeria.

“For President Jonathan to be elected in 2011 is a divine project which we know God has ordained. If you trace his antecedent from when he was a school teacher till now you will agree with me that he is a man with vision and endowed qualities to deliver and we believe in him,” Ogbuejiofor said.

In his comment, the South East Coordinator of the group, Mr. Chris Ezenwafor said the starling qualities of Mr President makes it imperative that he should be allowed to continue in order to consolidate.

Comrade Ezenwafor advised that President Jonathan should concentrate on at least two out of seven-point agenda of his predecessor to achieve a meaningful result and endear Nigerians to him the more. According to him, every average Nigerian is happy with President Jonathan in his conscious effort to put smiles on the faces of the populace especially in the areas of reduction of petroleum pump price and electricity supply. He said with reduction in fuel prices and steady power supply, prices of other commodities will fall with time as other areas of social amenities are being handled.

Pastor MacPeters, who coordinates Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in South East at the instance of the group, urged all Christians and non Christians alike to pray for Mr President’s success in 2011 polls, described Jonathan as messiah just as the South South coordinator, Ambassador Ken Ajeh said the PDP zoning arrangement should be a forgone objective, adding that it would be an unwise decision for the PDP to stick to zoning arrangement and lose the presidency which he said he was sure Jonathan would win.

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it doesnt really matter where power goes to, the problem is that power keeps going to some dumb,silly ,non idealistic bunch of people.

if power is going to the north give to el rufai

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Blazon,

Must u think like an slowpoke?

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Best advice EVER!!!! Now, if only the kid actually listens!

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had one  you must be a madman as your name imply had one let me tell if nort think that this country belong to them along ,if i were goodluck i will spilet this country into two yes they should go and rear cow in the bush.

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nna lea anya, please don't be so upset with the man, lets cooler heads reign, the man might not be entirely wrong .

are you sure that goodluck that will do us right, i think the only way we igbos can get out of this terrible mess is by wining this presidential post and if it is not turn by turn, it will be a lot difficult, the south westerners simply want the free oil money from the south south, if goodluck stays for 8yrs, then a Northerner out of anger will permanently  keep it, where will we be then.

me think that some of them that are against zoning are essentially trying to deprive we the igbos of our turn, when ever the sw people suddenly starts being nationalistic , i look around  proper, there must be  a catch some where

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greedy tribe. they can never be tired of ruling. Go south south!!!!

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Truth must be told, nobody can win Nigerias presidency without northern support.

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Nnaa, itinyezina aha be anyi ma ina ekwu okwu, ichuo ikwu okwu, ikwuo gbasara onye ina ekwu maka ya.

Thats his personal opinion and not Igbo opinion in general.

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This Igbo fool needs to shut up!!!

Let him serve his masters up NORTH!

Let us Igbos disown him!

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