Ex Governor of Ogun State and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Otunba Gbenga Daniel has said that zoning of the presidential ticket should be in the Nigerian Constitution.
He addressed journalists while defecting from the opposition PDP to the ruling APC and touched on issues around security, secession, the economy, zoning for the presidency and restructuring.
He said: “Around 1978/1979, when the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) came with zoning, we thought it was a lazy concept. Nigeria is unique. We must look at the uniqueness and diverse nature of our country. Zoning should be enshrined in the constitution.”
On separatists’ agitations, he said: “The entire Yoruba nation is united and they know what they want in this country. Ordinarily, nobody wants to pull out of Nigeria. Our people are united in their aspiration.
“The extremists are doing what they are doing because they feel it is the way to go. The expectations of our people are equity, fairness and justice. Moderates are calling for the re-writing of the 1999 Constitution. They should be properly engaged.”
Daniel backed the Southern Governors’ Asaba Resolution, saying they deserved solidarity.
Justifying his defection to the APC, the former governor said the decision was dictated by his followers.