Author(s): Ibrahim Mshelia
Prof Jibril Aminu, the former Petroleum Minister, has faulted the zoning of elective positions by political parties in the country.
Speaking on Friday at his Yola residence in Adamawa, Aminu said that those supporting the idea are not well-informed about the country’s constitution. He described them as enemies of democracy.
“Elected offices, be it President, governor or councillor, are open to all Nigerians. What we should be championing is merit and leadership qualities of those seeking to occupy elected offices, not where the person comes from. Zoning is a political weapon of people without integrity, track record and politicians that only want power to empower their family members,” Aminu said.
The former minister called on Nigerians to reject zoning and vote for candidates, who are capable of freeing them from poverty. Zoning, he said, would do no good to democratic governance.
Aminu, a former Senate Committee Chairman on Foreign Affairs, also faulted the conditions by five northern governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to him, asking Jonathan to drop his plan to contest the 2015 polls as well as demanding the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, were unserious demands.
Aminu described the governors as tourists, with no powers to dictate to their states or Nigerians.
“The five governors have only five votes so they cannot even decide who becomes a Councillor even if the five of them are all from one ward. So, talking of Presidency is not only a huge joke but a public demonstration that they are not serious people and Nigerians should be watching them as Nollywood actors,” Aminu said.
On the crisis rocking the Governor’s Forum, he accused the governors of spending public funds on the stand-off, saying the time being wasted on the issue could have been used to improve the lives of their people.
“If you were chairman of the Governor’s Forum, would you take what belongs to another state or will you collect percentage from the federal allocation to other states? It is sad that our governors are paying more attention to the activities of an unconstitutional association,”Aminu said.
On Monday, while addressing a press conference after his return from the lesser Hajj, Tukur said that the party leadership would be waiting to hear from the five northern governors after they conclude their mission.
The five northern Governors are Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), and Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State.
The PDP chairman, at the briefing, warned that the way the governors were going about their mission was not in the best interest of the country. He advised them to use better ways to express their grievances
Source : The Nigerian Telegraph