Debate over bill to rotate political offices in Nigeria raises quest for inclusion

Nigeria raises quest for inclusion

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With less than two month to the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, one issue that has remained in public discourse, even if not amplified is: which region will produce the next president after the expiration of the second term of the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari?

This is not only limited to the presidency but also has occupied debates in states, regarding which senatorial zones will produce the various governors. Interestingly, this debate trickles down to the level of councillorship.

The principle of zoning and rotation of political offices has become a subject of recurrent debate. It was a major plank of the discourse at the 1994/5 National Constitutional Conference in Abuja.

According to reports, the imperative of introducing the principle came up as a result of the earnest need for inclusion and national unity. Added to those is the need to embed the principle of power sharing among the component units of the federation.

It was agreed that monopoly of power by any one section of the federal system was utterly undemocratic and prone to inducing political crises and instability.

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