The North-central zone of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has demanded that the zone should be allowed to produce the presidential candidate ahead of 2019 general elections.
The request was coming even as the party asked the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to leave good a legacy before it vacates office in 2019, saying the current “legacy of killings, hunger and hunger are not part of the dividend of democracy.
Speaking on behalf of delegates from all states of the North-central Thursday in Abuja, Senator Nagogo insisted that since democracy took off in Nigeria, the North Central has never been considered for the Presidency.
According to him, for the fact that North-central is a the heart beat of Nigeria, the region must be considered.
He said since the return of democracy in 1999, “this zone has been relegated. I am making this request before the National leaders of ADP to please return the presidency to the North-central zone. We have capable hands and we will not disappoint the nation,” he said
He argued that Alhaji Shehu Shagari is from the North West and so is Musa Yar’adua and now President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him , the North-east also had Alhaji Tafawa Balewa in the first republic and Atiku Abubakar as vice President.
“If after 2019 we are deprived again we do not know when it will again return to the North.”
Nagogo wants the Northern elders from the North-west and North-east to consider the North-central “if we are truly one” he concluded.
Responding, the National Chairman of the Party , Engr. Yabagi Sani said that the party has already set up committees in each of the Northern zones to look into the issue of Presidency and seek out a credible Presidential material that will take Nigeria out of the woods.
He assured that the party will look into the request, adding that North-central should work hard for it and put forward credible candidates.
Speaking on the state of the nation, ADP chairman said democracy means everybody must have their say and ask question when things are going wrong.
“We are calling on authorities to quickly ruse to the occasion of insecurity in Nigeria because we believe that Nigerian Army is equal to the task.
“Anger, hunger and killings currently going on in the country are not dividend of democracy. We are calling on APC government to leave a good legacy before leaving office in 2019.”
While describing ADP as a child of necessity, Engr. Sani declared that the party for now is not merging with any political party or group, saying that “our doors are open to any group or political party. Though we are already having meetings with different groups and political parties on how to move the country forward.”