Presidency 2023: It Should Go To Southwest, But It's Southeast's Turn On Merit - Hon. Kola Lawal - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Presidency 2023: It Should Go To Southwest, But It's Southeast's Turn On Merit - Hon. Kola Lawal



 | The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, March 1, 2022

By Jane Okafor, Abuja

A lawmaker representing Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency of Ogun State, Kolawole Lawal, has said that the Presidency should go to the Southeast geopolitical zone on merit, but concluded that the Southwest region will have it at the end of the day.

Lawal stated this on Monday while speaking during the February edition of the monthly programme organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abuja chapter, with the theme: “2023 and the zoning question”.

“As a person who believes in equity and fairness, I support zoning, and then, if you want to look at zoning merit, as a Yoruba man from the South West, if power shifts to the South, I will okay it. However, zoning itself is not what we can say can be done right.

"The presidency should go to South East. Why? South West has tasted power twice. Because I will say MKO won the election. MKO won the election and it was annulled, and that is why we had Obasanjo. I should have said it is the turn of the South East, but as a Yoruba man I will say it should return to the South West.

"However, on merit, it should go to the South East. South West would take it, but because we have had it, I think South East should have been the best. This is my opinion. It is not the opinion of any party. This is not the opinion of the House. South has had it. 

"South West has had it, but South East has not had it. That is the only area in the South that is yet to have it. If we are looking at it on merit, it should be South East. But I am sure as a Yoruba man, it should go to the South West," Lawal said.

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