2023: Power rotation to South not unconstitutional – Gov. Masari

Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari has backed call for power shift to the South in 2023.

This comes after the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum had said  after a meeting of the Governors in Kaduna on 27 September 2021, said that shifting power to the south violates the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking during an interactive session with journalists at the State Government House, on Tuesday, Dec. 28, Masari, who is the Governor of President Muhammadu Buhari’s home State, said;

He said: “I am a member of the Northern Governors’ Forum. But let me make my position very clear. This constitution is made for us and not us for the constitution. Yes the constitution did not say you must shift or rotate power. So, If you do, does that mean you have violated the Constitution? If you collectively decide to elect a president from any part of this country, have you violated the constitution?”

He added: “I still believe as a principle not as a law that until such a time when we have a stable politics, I think rotation or shifting power from time to time will help to consolidate our federation. I support it. So, I still maintain my stand.

“This is my personal opinion as a person which I think that the constitution you have mentioned has given me the right to make that comment. That’s why I said in my capacity as Aminu Bello Masari.”

Masari also recalled that in the 90’s  while he was a member of the constitutional conference and transition committee, “the initial recommendation of our committee was that each zone would be given theopportunity of five years to lead through the instrumentality of the National Assembly.

“But that was the recommendation of the transition committee. Even though, after that, a lot of things happened before coming to the floor. All that has become part of history but I have the records. I know what happened.

“So, I think the fact of the matter is that we have to understand that the constitution is made to guide us and there are certain positions, by taking them, you are not compromising the constitution, nor are you breaking the law. So my position remains the same. I do believe in the power shift.”

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