President Muhammadu Buhari is not under any form of obligation to handover power to presidential aspirants in the class of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and several others from the southern part of the country.
Former Governor of Nasarawa State and Senator representing Nasarawa west district, Abdullai Adamu made the declaration in an interactive session with journalists in Abuja.
Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), alongside his protege Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and several others are angling to succeed President Buhari whose tenure expires in May 29, 2023.
Adamu who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture insist that merit and not the primordial sentiments of zoning should be relied upon to elect Buhari’s successor in the 2023 poll.
Adamu who aspired for the exalted seat of the presidency in the 2007 poll on the platform of the PDP argued that those calling for power shift to the south were doing so in clear breach of democracy tenets and the 1999 constitution as amended.
The lawmaker called on the proponents of power shift to look up to advanced democracies like America and the United Kingdom (UK) where the ballots is being relied upon in the choice of their leaders.
He said: “Nowhere in the Nigerian constitution says we should zone any public office.
“There is federal character. But not that parties must zone positions for presidency during election.
“The constitution is being reviewed. If you want a specific provision that presidential positions be zoned, you say it – and tell us how you want it to be zoned.
“Is it going to be from one zone to another? You can’t just wish away, a situation that is fundamental to a country. You can’t talk of merit and talk of zoning. You can’t.
“Let’s just go by merit. Let every party find a way of selling itself in a manner that will garner the kind of votes that will win the election. It’s as simple as that.
“Do we have anything like that in the American constitution? Are we more democratic than the Americans?
“It is democracy. Why do you want to change it? Wishful thinking only. How do you zone it?
“Yes, somebody is saying the East has not had a president. I agree and I sympathise with them but the constitution says you can only become president through the ballot box.
“We have been saying it during elections that every vote must count. So, why do you want to zone? Zone your mind if you want to zone.”