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Reactions have continued to trail suggestions by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, that zoning of the presidency be abandoned for the 2013 election, as the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) on Saturday described the governor as being selfish.

The Coordinator of the group, Mr Abdulazeez Suleiman, who insisted that zoning the presidency in 2023 was not a factor that could break the country, said el-Rufai was trying to be selfish by advocating that zoning be stopped.

He said: “It is not that easy for Nigeria or any nation to break up. The issue of zoning is too unimportant to cause Nigeria’s breakup. It is just the usual bluff by some sections of the country.

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“And on el-Rufai, even though the issue of zoning is not in the constitution as he rightly pointed out, the issue coming from him and at this time shows he is hypocritical.

“El-Rufai belongs to the bankrupt elite who are self-centred. Whatever he said about zoning was only self-serving. This thing about zoning the presidency is funny.

“If any northerner would tell you the truth, it would be that holding central power has never benefited the North. If a president can dispense justice, it does not really matter where he comes from.

“The North, I can tell you, fared better when the presidency was in the South. Honestly, el-Rufai did not mean well, it’s the usual divide and conquer strategy.”

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