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Zoning: The game of distrust
Politics of zoning has been the major problem bedeviling democracy in Nigeria right from
1999 to date. This is happening considering agitations of various regions fighting the
Nigeria being a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation, our political system shouldn’t
be divided in such a way.
The case is that, no matter how clean the conduct, antecedent
and pedigree of a candidate are, people don’t bother about it rather what matter are the
candidate’s tribe, and the religion he practices.
While that’s not where the spider exactly spins, had the zoning formula been exactly
working then it could be trusted, but the game is full of deceit among the major
ethnic groups. When the Hausa/Fulani negotiate and supported the Yoruba for a
tenure having the intention that the Yoruba will shift power to them when the
tenure elapsed, then the Yoruba will still move again and negotiate with the
Igbo; still, when it comes to the Igbo and the Hausa/Fulani the case is the reverse.
What I am emphasising here is that, there are many elements of hypocrisy in the
politics of zoning. Already, the waves of politicking for the 2023 have started
hovering over the nation; where power will be exactly shifted, especially by the
major political parties.
Though, the polical gladiators are trying to foresee where the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will pick thier candidates based on the zoning formula, I don’t think the game will be exactly played by following the due process of the zoning formula.
The point is that, taking a look at the APC, right from the 2019 general elections, the Hausa/Fulani, Igbo, and the Yoruba ignored the merger schedule. That’s to say things were already falling apart among them, because almost all the zones, tribes are agitating for the seat.
There was an assertion by Malam Mamman Daura that there is no need for
zoning of the presidential tickets by the two parties to any part of the
country, thereby suggesting that competence should be given a priority.