Emerging report indicates that the 19 Northern States Governors have on Monday, opposed the call by the Southern States Governors for the Presidency to be zoned to the Southern region of the country, come 2023 general elections.
This was part of the resolutions reached when the Governors held an emergency meeting with Traditional Rulers in the region, at the Kaduna State Government House, in Kaduna, the State capital.The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, read out the communique containing the resolutions on behalf of his colleagues.
He stated that the zoning of the Office of the President as being agitated by the Southern States Governors, is against the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
He also said that any President elected must meet the constitutional requirements, which include scoring the majority votes, and polling at least 25 percent of the votes cast in two-thirds of the 36 States of the Federation.Governor Lalong noted that although some Northern Governors had endorsed power shift to the South, the Regional Governors collectively condemned such calls.
Regarding the lingering dispute between the Federal Government and States, over the collection of Value Added Tax, VAT, he disclosed that the Northern Governors are aware that the case is before the court, and it will amount to sub-judice to take a decision on the matter.
He however, explained that VAT should not be mistaken by State Governments as a sales tax, adding that, allowing every State to enact its VAT Law, would result in multiple taxations, increase in the prices of goods and services, as well as a collapse in inter-State trade.On the security of the region, the Northern Governors commended the ongoing Military onslaught against bandits and insurgents in parts of the North, alleging high level of conspiracies perpetrated by some Judicial Officers in releasing and granting bail to arrested criminals.More news later…