2023: State legislators urge APC to zone presidency to North

By Chinelo Obogo

Lawmakers from the North East zone have urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone the 2023 presidency to the North, saying that the South has ruled for 14 years, while the north has had 10 years.

The lawmakers also endorsed the presidential aspiration of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State after their counterparts in all the North Central states endorsed him during their one-day extraordinary meeting in Abuja last week.

In a communique issued on Thursday, after the extraordinary meeting of the forum of APC State Legislators of the North East Zone, held in Bauchi, they declared their support for Bello’s ambition and also passed a vote of confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari and the chairman of the national caretaker committee of APC, Mai Mala Buni.

The communique issued at the end of the meeting read, “The State Assembly legislators of the North East, who were elected by the people of the six states that make up the geo-political zone, hereby state that we agree to support our colleagues in the North Central to contest for the position of the president of Nigeria in 2023 – which is a position that the zone had hitherto been deprived of since Nigeria became independent in 1960.

“The State Assembly legislators of the North East, pass a vote of confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari for his sterling leadership of Nigeria and urge him to be relentless in ensuring that he leaves Nigeria in 2023 a better place.

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“The State Assembly legislators of the North East Zone pass a vote of confidence in the Governor Mai Mala Buni Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee for its positively aggressive repositioning of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, and thank the Committee for its purposeful leadership, which has attracted Men and Women of goodwill into the party. The members further urge the Committee to do more.

“That the State Assembly legislators of the North East Zone endorse and state their unshaken support for the aspiration of the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, who has against all odds decided to take the bull by the horn, by aspiring to the office of the President of Nigeria in 2023.

“The members thank him for leading the clarion call for the Presidency of Nigeria to come to the North Central Zone and urge him to have no fear or doubt in his race for the exalted office as members of the North East Zone are solidly behind him.

“The meeting also agreed to call on the leadership of our great party, APC, to zone the presidency to the North, this is because, the North will rule for 10 years at the end of President Buhari’s tenure, while the Southern region has ruled for 14 years,” the legislators said.

The communique was signed by Abubakar Sadiq Ibrahim, Gombe State (Chairman of the Communique Committee); Bashir Mohammed,Taraba State (member); Nasir Abdulrahim, Gombe (member) Abubakar Shellong, Adamawa State (member) for all the attendees.