A Peoples Democratic Political party (PDP) stalwart in Bauchi Province, Mallam Bibi Dogo, has said that the N-East geopolitical zone should, in the involvement of fairness, justice, unity and brotherhood, be allowed to make the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
Dogo said this in a statement he made available in Bauchi, submitting that the zone was the most backward in Nigeria nowadays compared to other zones in terms of socioeconomic evolution.
According to him, the N-East is backward despite the huge mineral resources and its population of electorates.
Dogo stated that instead of rotating the presidential place betwixt N and Due south of the country, it should be rotated amongst the 6 geopolitical zones of the country to ensure inclusiveness and proper circulation of powerfulness.
“I called for zoning of the presidency to the N East, specifically with a special focus on Bauchi Province, because it is the only zone that is yet to make a president in either civilian or military machine system. It is the one which should make the same in 2023.
“Apart from 2 gentlemen, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the first off Prime Government minister of Nigeria and so Atiku Abubakar, who was a one-time Vice President of Nigeria, N East has not had whatsoever leader at the top.
“We in the N East are out to pursue the class of justice and fairness in the polity as a status for peace and progress of the country,” Dogo stated, submitting that capturing the 6 geopolitical zones in the rotation would ensure inclusion and national unity.
He stated that the N East was the most neglected zone in Nigeria, which accounted for its backwardness in all aspects, adding that to worsen the state of affairs, the zone to a greater extent than whatsoever other zone had been badly smasher by the challenges facing the country.
“Due to the many years of neglect, the N East occupies the lowest rung of the country’s socio-economic ladder as poverty, insecurity, unemployment, starvation, powerfulness outage and poor infrastructure are most predominant in this division of the country.
“With the highest number of IDPs camps and out-of-school children on the continent, reputable global institutions have also declared the N East as the most unsafe location to live in sub-Saharan Africa,” he lamented.
Dogo submitted that the zone was not fairly treated in terms of states and local governments creation despite its big earth mass and population.
According to him, the zone with 6 states had a total of 120 local regime areas viz Borno (27); Adamawa (29);Taraba (17); Bauchi (20); Gombe (11) and Yobe (17), adding that Due south Due west and N Central which were not as large as the N-East had 154 and 165 LGAs respectively.
He stated farther that, “yet, this is the same division of the country that is most strategic to the country’s corporate existence and territorial integrity, sharing borders with strategic neighbours.
“This same N East boasts of veritable body of water resources, great tourism potential, the most arable earth and conducive climate for agriculture, expansive landmass for all fashion of economical activities as good as abundant mineral resources and rough oil deposits.”
Dogo declared that, “what the N East needs is leadership and character attending from the Federal Regime.”
Patch asserting that zoning the presidency to whatsoever specific geopolitical zone of the country is at the discretion of political parties, Dogo said the N East should be given the opportunity to make the next president come up 2023.
“In all fairness, we should allow the N-East to make the next President and fifty-fifty in the N East, we should ensure that the President comes from Bauchi Province as a compensation to Prime Government minister (Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa).
“I want all political parties to give their presidential tickets to Bauchi Province in N Eastern Nigeria. But whether that is not possible by the calculation of the political parties, they should ensure that justice and fairness dominate what they want to do in terms of zoning the presidency.
“I belong to the PDP and I believe the PDP will allow justice and fair play to play out. It is not debatable, N East should have it in the best involvement of unity of the country and Bauchi Province will be the golden pick of the candidate in the involvement of justice and compensation to the province,” Dogo stated.
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