A group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of North-central Council of APC, has asked the Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello, to drop his presidential ambition for the zone to produce the next national chairman of the ruling party.
The group led by its leader, Dr. Kassim Muhammad, told newsmen at the APC national secretariat, Thursday in Abuja, that it will be feared to concede the 2023 presidential ticket of the party to the South.
According to Muhammad, the sitting President of the country who is still left with two years to complete his eight years tenure in office is from the North-west, North-east is presently occupying the position of the Senate President, and the only geo-poitical zone in the North left is the North-central and for fairness and equity, the National Chairmanship of the party should be zoned to the North-central.
“The North Central Council is equally appealing to the Governor of Kogi State, HE Yahaya Bello to have a rethink over his 2023 presidential ambition as it will be fair in the spirit of one Nigeria to allow the southern part of the country to produce the next president come 2023.
“We strongly believe that conceding the presidential ticket of our party, the APC to the southern part of the country would enhance equity and political justice. We believe that the Kogi state Governor is a true Democrat who beliefs in one Nigeria.
“We are therefore appealing to HE Yahaya Bello to drop his presidential ambition, and join us in the campaign to ensure that the North Central produces the next APC National Chairman.”
The group also appealed to President Mohammadu Buhari, APC governors and other stakeholders of the party to continue to support the Mai Mala Buni led caretaker committee to succeed in his task of repositioning the party for future elections
“However, as the party prepares for a convention that will usher in democratically elected nationai executives, we the North-central Council are appealing to our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC Governors as well as key stakeholders of the party across country to consider the North-central for the position of the National Chairman of the party.”