2 Things N'Delta Youths Said After Northern Elders Boasted That North Can Decide Who Wins Presidency

Youths in the South-South region of the country have now reacted to the statement by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) that the North can continue to rule the country because of the superior numerical strength that the region boasts of, compared to the South.

Daily Post had earlier reported how the NEF reacted to the demand by southern governors that the 2023 Presidency should be zoned to the South. The NEF had blasted the governors, emphasizing that the North would vote for whomever they want, including a northern candidate, and that the region has the numbers to decide whoever becomes president in the country.

In reaction to the claim by the Northern Elders, Niger Delta youths made two key statements that I would like to point out and talk about.

1. First, through a joint statement, South-South youths condemned the statement issued by the NEF through Hakeem Baba-Ahmed. The group also emphasized that they are in support of the earlier stance by southern governors that the 2023 Presidency should be zoned to the South.

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed was speaking for the NEF today.

2. Secondly, they affirmed that the North alone cannot win any election without the input of the South. They further urged the Northern elites and political class to, for the sake of trust and fairness, avoid heating the polity unnecessarily with regard to the 2023 Presidency.

Based on their first statement, it is obvious that the South united when it comes to the region that should produce the country's next president. Never has the South been this united in calling for the zoning of the 2023 Presidency. The Niger Delta youths reiterated this unity by backing the position of the Southern Governors Forum.

Furthermore, the N'Delta Youths are right to say that the North alone cannot produce the country's president. Though they boast of the majority, the North still needs the support of a section of the South in any election. This was evident during the 2015 presidential election, where a collaboration between the North and the South-West was needed to defeat the then incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan. The collaboration was also noticed in the 2019 elections.

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