By Jimitota Onoyume
Warri: A prominent Itsekiri leader and Niger Delta activist, Sir Sunny Mene, has called on the All Progressives Congress, APC, to zone the presidential slot to the south in the spirit of federal character in the nation’s constitution.
Mene who spoke to the Vanguard said it was unfortunate that the same persons who accused former president Goodluck Jonathan, of not respecting zoning in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and dumped the party for the APC , were the ones saying now that zoning was not necessary.
He further charger the APC to promote the principles of equity, fairness and justice by zoning the party’s presidential ticket to the south.
“We cannot have federal character in our constitution for the purpose of equity and we turn around to say zoning does not matter. It is irrational and it doesn’t make sense. We practice federal character for the purpose of fairness , equity and justice . Those talking of competence now where the same persons who canvassed for zoning in 2015. is it that competent persons can’t be found in the south if power is zoned to the area ? Can you say in a region that has been in the forefront of educational advancement that you can’t find somebody that is competent ?”
“When you talk of competence there are so many competent people in the south . All aspiring are qualified to do but based on the type of federalism we are running we should respect federal character commission. It strengthens our unity. “
“Former President Goodluck Jonathan lost the last election because certain governors in his own party left the PDP for APC because they argued that Jonathan was not respecting the zoning arrangement . “
” And the PDP lost. Is it not ironical that those same persons who accused Jonathan of not respecting the zoning arrangement and came over to the APC are the same persons saying now that zoning does not matter . They should know they are talking to Nigerians who are not stupid. If we must live as one in peace and harmony let us respect one another . We are all equal stakeholders in this country. “