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Published On: Wed, Jul 9th, 2014

Rotational presidency will give room for sectionalism – Delegate

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By Kingsley Chijioke

Reactions have continued to trail the adoption of rotational system agreed upon by the ongoing national conference, as another delegate representing the youth, Comrade Abu Clifford, said the process if put in use will give room for sectional leadership, encourage mediocrity, and a divisional leadership. Clifford, who was reacting to the decision yesterday in an interview

with journalists, said he opposed the decision hundred per cent. He said, “the issue of power rotational system I think as a youth I strongly kick against it because it will lead to mediocrity, sectional and divisional aspect of leadership, in the sense that when you are a leader in a particular zone, other zones will be left behind and such leader can only develop their area and leaving other states to suffer. “Though, as regard to presidency, we can rotate it between South and North but not within the six geopolitical zones. And again, if a particular zone is holding a position, mind you before that position will come back to the zone under rotational system, it will take a long time, may be in the next generation and the person who actually have ambition to be something in his father land will not get that opportunity to aspire because somebody has already occupied such position from his zone, so it will definitely affect many ambitious Nigerians.” When asked whether he considered the argument of some minority lamenting marginalisation, Comrade Clifford, who is also from the minority said “if we are saying we are one Nigeria, we should believe in the unity of Nigeria and what all of us should be praying for and working toward is to ensure good leadership. It does not matter whether you are from minority or majority, it depend on your perception. “Take for example, the women has the highest population in the country but today they are still crying for of marginalisation. The issue is, let us all put our heads together and ensure we have good leadership across all the level of governments” The delegate emphasized that rotational system should not be enshrined

in the Nigeria constitution, saying, even if it is being practice at federal level between North and South, it should not be considered at the state and local level. “The only thing is that within the presidency we can rotate it between the North and the South but within the state the people can as well say let us give so so power to a particular people but not that it will be enshrined in the constitution, it can be a kind of mutual agreement between the leaders and the youths.”

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