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2023 Presidential Candidacy Permutations: Sule Lamido And His Curious Algorithm

The Oasis Reporters

February 8, 2022

Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido.

By Kassim Afegbua

Those who are trying to invoke the balancing act in the skewed number of years for the presidency between the North and the South are simply trying to deploy an algorithm that doesn’t add up.

By the time President Buhari would be finishing his term in 2023, the North would have spent 11 years to 13 years of the south.

Where is the so-called balance that the promoters of Northern presidency are asking for?

Is there any term of two years in our constitution that would bring the reading at par with our present reality ?

If you insist that the North should be allowed to complete the Yar’ardua term, is the final outcome going to make the algorithm right?

So, what happens if the arithmetic assumes a quadratic property?

Have you also considered the political history of Nigeria in terms of the number of presidents from the North compared to the South?

Why use only the two years differential of this democratic situation to do your dubious and curious arithmetic?

Since the North took the shot in 2019, it is the turn of the South to produce a candidate of the party in 2023. Anything short of that will be tantamount to robbing Peter to pay Paul.

This is why a Sule Lamido, who benefited from zoning in 2019 by participating in the contest is trying to twist the logic and confuse the process by his recent declaration.

Every geopolitical zone has qualified Nigerians who are competent to assume presidential office.

In fact, with president Buhari’s dismal performance, using perceived competence to measure a would-be candidate or president may no longer be apposite.

President Buhari has lowered the bar of qualification to preside over Nigeria. Sule Lamido ought to be an advocate of justice, fairness and equity, being a man reputed for speaking out his mind, but his latest arm twisting approach would not augur well for the party.

This is a rare opportunity for the PDP to right the wrongs and show leadership by example by insisting that the zoning formula or approach is well cultivated.

You cannot have power reside in one zone of the country for 16 unbroken years in a country of diverse socio-political configurations and religious secularity.

The right thing to do, given our plural status, give sense of belonging to all the nation-states within the nation to build cohesion and unity.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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