Nat’l Conference Approves Rotation Of Presidency Between North And South, Creation Of 18 News States

National-ConferenceThe ongoing National Conference in Abuja has adopted the recommendation of its Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government, which proposed that the presidency should be rotated between the North and South; and among the six geo-political zones of the country, while the governorship seat should be rotated among senatorial districts in each state.

Delegates at the conference also adopted the recommendation to have the president pick his running mate from among members of the legislature.

The Committee co-chaired by Ike Nwachukwu and Mohammed Kumalia had presented its report on Monday.

The Committee also noted that the subject of state creation had remained a huge political issue in Nigeria.

“The Committee examined the reports of the National Political Reform Conference and the report of the Presidential Committee on Review of outstanding issues from recent Constitutional Conferences 2012 (the Belgore Report) and after wide consultations and extensive deliberations and in the interest of equity, justices and fairness”, they added.

Some of the proposed states approved by the Confab are Apa from Benue State, kainji from Kebbi, Katagum from Bauchi, Savannah from Borno, Amana from Adamawa, Gurara from Kaduna, Ghari from Kano, Etiti from South East, Aba from Abia, Adada from Enugu and Njaba-Anim from Anambra and Imo.

Others are Anioma from Delta State, Orashi from Rivers State, Ogoja from Cross River State, IJebu from Ogun State and New Oyo State from the present Oyo State.

The Conference is to later determine the names of the remaining two other states and their capitals, which are to be created in the South-South and South West zones.

The Conference, however, added a caveat that any new states to be created should be economically viable or potentially viable and should have human, natural and material resources.

It also resolved that that a new state should have minimum population of one million persons.