By Idris Shehu
A Political group taggef ‘Zauren mutanen Bauchi’ and some stakeholders in Bauchi have called on political parties in the state to zone their gubernatorial position in the upcoming 2023 elections to the North or Central Senatorial Zones of the state.
The stakeholders made the call in Azare headquarters of local government area of the state the second largest city after Bauchi.
They urged all political parties to zone the governorship position to central or northern part of the state in the interest of Justice and fairness.
Chairman of the group, Alhaji Abubakar Billy Tafawa Balewa grandson of First Prime Minister of Nigeria said the zoning of the office of the governorship position to orther zones by political parties in the state will encourage togetherness, inclusivity and end marginalization of the Central and northern senatorial zones.
Billy argued that the two zones are yet to produce a governor in the state after 24 years, saying the gesture will foster togetherness, peace, with the opportunity to be open to all ethnic groups in the zone who have sons and daughters signified interest in vying for the office of the governor in 2019.
“We appeal to all political parties to field their candidates from Bauchi Central or Bauchi north”, Billy said, describing
zoning as democratic that will wipe out marginalization, promote peace, stability and harmony in the state.
Guest Speaker at the occasion, Professor Haruna Danwanka appealed for brotherly support from stakeholders in southern zones of the state in ensuring that the next governor of the state emerges from Central or Northern part of the State.
He explained that if zoning is entrenched in the politics of the state, indigenes of every part of the state will feel a sense of belonging and embrace it because it will offer every senatorial zone a time and opportunity to play a key role in the development of the state thereby fostering brotherliness, peace and unity.
Danwanka recalled that the southern part of the state has been producing the Governor since 1999, and urged the zone to allow the central and northern part of the state to produce a Governor in 2023.