Northern Governors reject power shift

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The Northern Governors’ Forum on Monday rejected agitation for power shift to Southern region of the country, saying it is against the provision of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The NGF in a statement signed by the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, unanimously condemned the statement by the Southern Governors’ Forum that the Presidency must go to the South.

NGF said, ” The Forum observed that some Northern states governors had earlier expressed views for a power-shift to three geo-political zone in the South with a view to promoting unity and peace in the nation.

“Notwithstanding their comments, the Forum unanimously condemns the statement by the Southern Governors’ Forum that the Presidency must go to the South.

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“The statement is quite contradictory with the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended that the elected President shall:- Score the majority votes; score at least 25% of the votes cast in 2/3 States of the Federation.

“In the case of run-up, simple majority win the election.”

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