The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG has declared Southerners as enemies of the region over the call for zoning of the 2023 presidency, insisting that the call is unconstitutional.
In a statement issued and made available to journalists on Monday by its spokesman, the CNG called on all northerners to get prepared against those agitating for power shift to the south.
The groups described the decision of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP to zone its National Chairman to the North as unacceptable, stressing that it was a move to stop the region from participating in the 2023 presidential race.
The group said it has resolved to “Call the attention of the northern public to get prepared and sensitized to hold any political party, by whatever name it is called that attempts to deny northerners the right to contest the presidency as an enemy of the North.
“Warn any political party that takes any step to block the window for the possible emergence of a northern presidential candidate shall be roundly rejected by the North.
“Specifically point out that no conspiracy in whatever form will stop the North from fielding a Northerner for the presidency in the PDP in 2023 irrespective of its recent body language that tends to block a northern candidacy by quickly zoning the national chairmanship position to the North which is unacceptable”.
The group alleged that some Northern stakeholders have been paid to work against the region, stating that their identities would soon be exposed.
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“The North shall definitely seek the presidential ticket even if it holds the national chairmanship.
“We reiterate our call on Northern voters to mobilize against the sole concentration on party candidates and vote any credible, transparent, capable, and competent leaders.
“The CNG has resolved to expose the faces of identified unpatriotic northern traitors who have been paid huge sums of money to market southern candidates
“In conclusion, the CNG, after due consultation with prominent Stakeholders, Leaders and elders has categorically resolved to firmly and solidly align completely with the position taken by the Northern Elders Forum as expressed by Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed and that of the Northern Governors Forum, that zoning of elective positions is unconstitutional, undemocratic and must be jettisoned.
“For the avoidance of doubt, therefore, the CNG hereby declares that the North, a major stakeholder in whatever happens in and to Nigeria, shall not be obliged to respect any zoning arrangement of any elective position in whatever party.
“As we categorically reject anything to do with any undemocratic process such as zoning, we urge all northerners to resist the antics and tactics of the self-appointed antagonists and hired cronies from the North who are today all over the place conscripted in the conspiracy to deceive northerners into abandoning what God has blessed us with; its human resources”.