Concerned Nigeria Citizens (CNC) protested at the national secretariats of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, urging the political parties to zone the presidency to the southern part of Nigeria for the 2023 elections.
The group’s call was included in a position paper read aloud during the protests and submitted to political party officials.
The document, titled ‘An Appeal/Demand for the Zoning of Your Party’s Presidential Ticket to Southern Nigeria,’ was signed by the group’s convener, Femi Osabinu, and secretary-general, Alhaji Sidi Ali.
During the protests, members of the group were seen carrying banners and placards with various inscriptions such as ‘2023: Power must shift to the south, PDP, APC please note our concern’, ‘Presidency to the South for one Nigeria’, ‘Save democracy, Zone presidency to southern Nigeria’, ‘We support power shift’, ‘Promote unity, shift power to the south’, ‘Rotation is key to Nigeria’s unity, and others.
The position paper addressed separately to the national chairmen of the APC and the PDP, begins, “We bring you sincere greetings, from the members and leaders of our organisation, and by extension, the good people of our great country, Nigeria.”