Donald Duke has once again slammed the zoning policy of major political parties in Nigeria, noting that it has only given room for mediocre leaders to helm the country’s affairs.
While addressing the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum in Abuja on Monday, September 24, 2018, Duke, now an aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), said zoning is not in the interest of the country.
He said, “The economy is not growing because by virtue of our population growth, the economy should be growing at 4%, we must exceed our population growth and Nigeria should by now have a trillion dollar economy.
“I am running for the President because Nigeria deserves as many options as possible. Things are too dire for zoning and zoning, I know, has only produced mediocres in our midst.
“The minorities should be canvassing for zoning of political offices, but I find it strange that it is the major ethnic groups that are demanding for zoning.”
Duke’s attempt to run for president in 2007 failed because PDP had also zoned its presidential ticket to the north, a ticket that was won by the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who reportedly almost made him his deputy.
When he formally defected to the SDP on September 4, 2018, Duke said the PDP’s zoning policy is a betrayal of the ideals it started with.
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