*As zone demands National Chairman slot
A group of members of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the North Central geopolitical zone has advised the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello to drop his Presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 general election.
The group said he his is to allow the North-Central zone negotiate from the party, the national chairmanship position in the coming national convention of APC.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, leader of the group, Dr Kassim Muhammad said Governor Bello should rather, join the group to campaign for the national chairman for the zone.
He said: “We are appealing to Gov Yahaya Bello to drop his presidential ambition, and join us in the campaign to ensure that the North Central produces the next APC National
“The North Central Council is equally appealing to the Governor of Kogi State, 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.”
Kassim commended the Caretaker/ExtràOrdinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC led by Mai Mala Buni for uniting the party and wooing other party members to the ruling party, APC.
“The party led by Buni has done so much in healing the wounds of the past by
reconciling the various factions in most affected States.
“Under Governor Buni’s leadership, our party has witnessed peace and daily influx of
opposition political parties into the fold of the APC across the country; we cannot thank the Yobe State Governor enough for strengthening the party and providing credible leadership.
“The Buni leadership was able to woo a sitting Governor of a State under the PDP platform
with all the structures of the party into the fold of the APC, the Governor of Ebonyi State,
David Umahi, two former speakers of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Dimeji Bankole, as well as former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel.
“It is also gratifying to note that the Buni led APC was able to bring back a former
National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Barnabas Gemade and a large number of former and serving members of the national assembly across the country to swell the ranks of the ruling APC.”