Aminu Tambuwal, the sitting Governor of Sokoto State, has said he is not against zoning.
Mr. Tambuwal who was once the Speaker of the House of Representatives made this known when he visited General Abdusalami Abubakar in Niger State, as part of consultations for his presidential ambition.
He stated, “This is far from the truth; someone decided to attribute that to me out of mischief. I never said the South-South cannot produce the party’s presidential candidate.“I have supported a president of South-South extraction in 2011 and he won the election, so how can I who have supported someone from the South-South say that South-South cannot produce the president of Nigeria.”
“Go back to the history of democracy in Nigeria: In 1979, NPN had Shagari, NPP had Azikiwe, UPN had Chief Awolowo, GNPP had Waziri Ibrahim, and PRP had Aminu Kano. There was no zoning. When you look at 1992/1993, SDP had Abiola, NRC had Bashir Tofa, there was no zoning.
“In 1998, APP and AD worked out a ticket that saw the emergence of Olu Falae and Shinkafi in 1999. It was a deliberate act by the political class of this country to assuage the South-West as a result of June 12.