From Elohor Igbru
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, one of the earliest candidates to declare his interests in the 2023 Presidential election has said that Nigerians want him to join in the presidential race come 2023.
The governor also believes that he possesses the necessary qualities to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Yahaya said this while fielding questions from State House reporters after a meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The meeting followed a similar pattern of candidates in the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) taking a pilgrimage to Aso Rock to inform the president of their intention to succeed him.
“Nigerians are yearning and asking myself to run for the President come 2023 and by the special grace of God, I will not turn down that offer. Also, Mr. President is one of the Nigerians like I said who would want a qualified person to take over from him. Informing him is between myself and him, it is not what I should come to the public to tell the world that I have informed Mr. President that I want to run.
“But surely short days, and possibly weeks ahead we are going to come to the public to declare our intention by the special grace of God.”
On zoning question, he said: “Then concerning whether North and South, first, I’m an advocate of capacity and ability to serve. In Nigeria today, we need somebody who has the capacity to serve the country. Today, if you’re flying from one place to another, you don’t care who the pilot is, but who is that person who is experienced to fly from one point to another.
“Also coming from the angle of North and South divide, then let us be very fair and equitable. Then, you look into the number of years North have held this position and the number of years South has held this position. If you add eight years to what South has had and then looking at the North, then you know that there’s injustice as far as that is concerned.
“So, if we’re talking about justice, fairness and equity, we’re not just looking at the eight years by the grace of God of that of President Muhammadu Buhari, we should add them together to the number of years the North has had it since 1999 till date, and the number of years South have had it since 1999 till date. Whichever divide whichever argument that comes up I perfectly fit into the arguments.”