CAN ZONING ARRANGEMENT PRODUCE AN EFFECTIVE LEADER?

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Ejeviome Eloho Otobo and Oseloka H. Obaze argue that at the level of Nigeria’s political development, zoning can help overcome many barriers

Ahead of the 2023 presidential elections the clamour for the zoning of the presidency has intensified. The zoning arrangement in the fourth Republic has a unique historical antecedent. Its genesis can be traced to the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections. The annulment not only led to a major political upheaval, but also created a deep sense of injustice on the part of the geo-political zone section from whence the winner came. To assuage the ensuing sense of grievance, the two main political parties that emerged to lead the transition from the military to civilian rule in 1999, reached a consensus that allowed the presidential candidates from the two major parties to emerge from the South-West geo-political zone.

Thus, zoning in its current incarnation was born….

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