Northern governors reject VAT law, declares power-shift unconstitutional

Northern governors meet in Kaduna over VAT controversy, insecurity

The northern governors’ forum says the position of their southern counterparts, that the next president must come from the south, contradicts the provisions of the constitution.

The forum stated its position on Monday, after a meeting held in Kaduna.

Southern governors have repeatedly insisted that power must shift to their region.

However, in a communique signed by Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau and chairman of the northern governors’ forum, the governors said the position of their colleagues in the south is “condemnable”.

“The Forum observed that some Northern State Governors had earlier expressed views for a power-shift to three geopolitical zones 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,” the communique reads.

“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 wins the election.”

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