A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel says zoning of key offices should be enshrined in the constitution.
According to him, Nigeria’s socio-political space is unique and enshrining zoning in the constitution shows an appreciation of this uniqueness.
Daniel stated this while reacting to calls for zoning of the 2023 presidency.
He said he initially kicked against zoning because he thought it was a “lazy” concept until he realised that it was “the right thing to do”.
“When this zoning started many years ago, as young activists, a number of us thought that it was a lazy concept; that was in those days of 1979.
“Those us in the university didn’t think it was the right thing to do. However, we have since found out that Nigeria is a unique environment and that whatever we want to do we must also and always look at the uniqueness of our country.
“It is to that extent that I personally believe that because of the diverse nature of our country, zoning is something that if possible should even be enshrined in the constitution.
“Some people argue that zoning brings laziness, but as long as we want to continue to operate Nigeria the way it is, we should give credence to the concept of zoning.
“I’m not so sure of what are in the constitutions of both parties now, APC and PDP, but I do know that zoning has become part of the moving spirit of our political environment.
“People say that many of the English laws are not even written. If it is written or not, the law of equity and fair is fair should be applied for us to continue to run this country. Zoning should be encouraged.”