The 19 northern states’ governors have called unconstitutional the position of their southern counterparts that the country’s next President must come from their region.
In July, Southern Governors demanded power be transferred to their region at a meeting in Lagos.
The Northern Governors Forum says but has expressed reluctance to the south-south power shift besides the statement of the Southern Governors Forum to move the presidency to the south, for the sake of peace and unity in the country, the statement by the southern governors is unacceptable.
Chairman of the Forum, Simon Bako Lalong, read the resolutions of the meeting: “The statement contradicts the provision of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution (as amended in 1999) that the elected president must receive at least 25 percent of the votes in two thirds of the states. When there is a run-up, a simple majority wins.”