By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The federal lawmaker representing Bauchi North senatorial district in the red chamber, Senator Bulkachuwa Adamu has given reasons why zoning is not the answer in deciding where the president of the country will come from in 2023.
Senator Bulkachuwa who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs said that the answer is that the party must look for who can likely win for them the presidency. He stated that If any political party just zone for the sake of zoning and then Nigerians don’t come along with it, what it means is that they are heading for defeat. He therefore advised that parties should test for popularity first then can it realize that yes, the strategy is good if we field candidate X, Y or A. Zoning is not the principle thing, he added.
The Bauchi lawmaker stated this on Tuesday in his Senate office while fielding questions from newsmen.
Senator Bulkachuwa who also said he is not worried that his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has not clearly stated where it will zone the 2023 presidency, debunked claims in some quarters that the defections into the Party is not a fluke aimed at evading probe by the EFCC or ICPC.
In his words: “First, realize that that nobody is being forced. The party did not use the whip to say people must defect to the Party right? People defect on their own and nobody pays them or attracts the with any inducement. They do it on their own conviction. And there is nothing constitutional that prevents anybody from defecting from one party to another. Some people even jump into one party, defect back into the same party and some even get out and form another party. So is it any cause for concern?
“Again, fortunately I am only a legislature, a member of the APC. I am not the Chairman of EFCC or ICPC so how will I know who is corrupt and who is not? And how will I know that those that defect are evading arrest? I wouldn’t know but if you look back, there are some who actually defected and yet they were arrested. So can that defection be the solution or remedy for arrest? Some actually defected, and I am sure you know them and they were arrested and arraigned in court, so that argument to me is immaterial.
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