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Zoning: Nigeria’s Constitution superior to PDP’s, says Gov Lamido

By Kenneth Ehigiator

Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State said, yesterday, that though zoning was embedded in the Constitution of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the country’s Constitution was superior.

He, however, said people should be allowed to ventilate themselves on the question of whether or not PDP should zone the presidency to the North in 2011 election.

The Governor spoke against the backdrop of agitation and counter-agitation for the presidency to be zoned to the North in line with PDP’s zoning formula.

Lamido, who spoke in an interview with newsmen at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, said, “you see, in this country, there are a lot of various chemistries and somehow, no matter how tough things may be, at the end of the day, it is left for the Nigerian people to solve their problems.

“So, there have always been a lot of agitations, you know and there is a political party. It is there in our party Constitution, PDP, but again it is not there in Nigerian Constitution, which is superior.
“Again, people are free to express their own views and opinions.”

‘Am too old school for Presidency’
Lamido said he had never indicated interest in the presidency, stressing that the position was not that of people of his generation.

“Honestly, to God Almighty, I’m not interested. One, I’m too old; second, I’m too analogue; three, it is for you in the next generation. I am too old for that kind of a thing,” he said.

On whether he would seek a re-election as governor of Jigawa State, the governor said he would make his position known when the time was ripe.

He also spoke of his desire to built an airport in the state, but declined to state when the project would commence.

On source of funding for the airport project, he said the state government would adopt the pubic-private partnership option.


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