Senator Umar Sadiq representing North-central Senatorial District in the upper legislative chamber has said that the Southeast part of the country should be given the chance to produce the next president in 2023.
The Kwara North-born Senator who bared his thoughts on the 2023 political discussion , cited equity and fairness as basis for consideration of the Southeast region to produce the next President of the country.
Sen. Umar in an exclusive interview with Sunday Sun, described zoning as a useful tool for all inclusiveness in politics to address the needs and aspirations of all interest groups in a multifaceted society both religious, cultural as well as traditional.
In his words; “Though it has its weaknesses, but it is a very good tool in balancing and stabilising the polity. It is a good tool that can be used to accommodate and address the needs and aspirations of all interest groups in a multifaceted society both religious, cultural as well as traditional. So, I believe in zoning.
Speaking on the 2023 Presidential ticket, Senator Umar said that zoning the Presidential ticket to the Southeast will guarantee stability in the nation’s polity, since other regions had produced presidents for the nation.
He said, “I would imagine that because of that fundamental principle of all inclusiveness and for the need to stabilize the country, the presidential ticket should be zoned to the region that has never enjoyed the seat. So, if you zone it to the South we have the Southwest, the South-south and the Southeast and out of all the three Southern zones, to me I think the Southeast is the only region that has not enjoyed the seat of the president. With simple logic and sympathy and all of that we imagine that if any party decides to zone its presidential ticket to the South, the Southeast should be considered first.
Umar also listed the gains of President Muhammadu Buhari since 2015 till date, while adding that more is needed to be done. He bared his mind on the Kwara Otoge Movement, the Water Resources Bill, his book and other pertinent issues.