Posted on Mon 15 May 2017, 11:52 AM

A Second Republic House of Representatives member, Dr. Junaid Muhammed, has insisted that the north will insist on two tenures should President Muhammadu Buhari fail to complete his current term in office.

Muhammed who has been critical of the Buhari-led administration made this comment during an interview with PUNCH newspaper on Sunday, May 14.

Recall that President Buhari had handed to Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in a letter dated May 7 and read in the floor of the senate by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. However, Dr. Muhammed’s comment is  coming on the heels of pressure on Buhari to step down on the account of his ill-health.

Speaking with Punch, the trained medical doctor said, “One thing I know is that, if Vice President (Yemi) Osinbajo becomes the president from whatever date to 2019, he cannot contest that position again.

“This was the understanding that was reached with Jonathan Goodluck (with the PDP) and he reneged on it and nearly threw the country into a civil war. “This time around, those, whether from the North, South-South, South-West or South-East, who sign agreements with whomever, must make such public.

“They should also state the time when this agreement will come into force. We cannot now avoid the constitution. If there is the need to follow the constitution we must follow the letter and spirit of the constitution – that is up till 2019.

“Beyond that, power should come back to where Buhari comes from and remain there for a solid eight to 10 years – unless in running for a second term the person loses re-election. There is nothing one can do about that.

Frowning at the current zoning system in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammed said:

“The zoning in the Peoples Democratic Party has not worked. Now it is trending in the All Progressives Congress. It is either we fix it or ship it out altogether. If that is not done, then you have to go back and redress it by saying that in the course of zoning and rotation, (Umaru) Yar’Adua died in office.

“The years he ought to have spent in office were not compensated for. Those who are claiming that Yar’Adua was theirs or that he came from their region did not get the compensation that was due to them.

“We are now having a situation whereby Buhari is sick – whether he resigns or God forbid, something else happens, we are going to have the balance of Buhari’s years taken over by someone else from outside the zone Buhari comes from. What are we going to do? Are we going to say okay, nothing has happened, let’s carry on?

“They invoked the so-called Doctrine of Necessity and carried on. Whereas you can ignore agitations from people who didn’t win an election, you cannot ignore agitations from people who won an election. I have no doubt in my mind that Buhari won an election.

“What he has done with the mandate is another matter and I have been very critical about what has been happening.

“But the fact of the matter is, those who see Buhari as their representative and are not being treated justly are going to claim their own rights and the only way you are going to resolve the issue is that after Buhari’s administration, you have it zoned to a certain part of the country for eight to 10 years.

“Whether this makes sense in a democracy or not is beside the point, because I don’t support zoning and rotation.

“You should ask those who support it and see whether they can continue with the system,” Muhammed said.  

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