Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Ramoni Olalekan Mustapha has attributed the latest twist in the zoning of the 2023 presidency to mutual distrust among the political class that should be threaded carefully.

He was reacting in an interview in Abuja to some agitations and counter agitations to where the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should zone its
presidency, the lawmaker said, neither the constitution stipulated the zoning of presidency to the north nor to the south, but the game of wits going on was as a result of mutual distrust which was injurious to the unity of the country.

The lawmaker’s position was in response to last week’s position of the Northern Governors’ Forum who met at Sir Ibrahim Kashim house, Kaduna, where a communique was issued drawing the attention of 2/3 majority of the 25 states of the constitution.

The northern governors further faulted their southern counterparts for insisting on a southern presidency in 2023 without taking other factors into consideration.

Speaking further, Mustapha submitted that there were elements of mischief in their position, saying if a president from any part of the zone would be fair to all Nigerians, it will cure all the zonal agitations.

He said: “Well, this is an issue that you really need to thread softly and I want to say that those our brothers who are saying that it is not in the Constitution, all these zones they mentioned are also not in the Constitution.

“Where are the North-West zone, North-East zone, North Central zone, South West, South East, and South-South zone where are they in the constitution? There are all not in the constitution. The problem in Nigeria now is that there is mutual distrust.

“We don’t trust ourselves. Mutual distrust in the sense that everyone believes that if it is their turn people from their area will enjoy different opportunities in government. But if we have somebody who will be fair to all parts of the country, I can bet you this mutual distrust will vanish. It will not rear its ugly head again.

“It is because people are so parochial that if they have opportunities, they don’t look the other way, they only care for people from their area. That is why people struggle and say this must come from their area this time around. It isn’t a good policy, but that’s where we found ourselves.

“You can see some level of mischief in what’s going on and those people telling us that power should remain in the north are not telling us which part of the north should retain power in 2023.

“They’re just saying it should remain in the north and it can go back to where the present President hails from because they’re just giving us half statement. Why are they not saying Presidency should go to so, so part of the North? Why are they not saying that? It’s what I can call the game of selfishness and it’s all around mutual distrust.

“We should just pray that God should guide us aright to be able to do the right things because in politics, one day is a very long time. Tomorrow, you might see the same people saying this thing should move or shouldn’t, depending on assurances that if the presidency is taken to another zone everyone would be fairly treated, the same people might change their mind.”

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