Northern APC Governors endorse southern presidency

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Northern governors and political leaders on the platform of the All Progressives Peoples Congress (APC) has agreed for the party to select a presidential candidate from the Southern part of the country.

This was made known in a statement released and signed by the 11 political leaders after a meeting on Saturday.

The Northern leaders explained that they met to review the political situation and to further support the Party in providing progressive leadership amidst the national challenges.

At the meeting, the decided that it is only fair for the APC to limit the search for a presidential candidate to the Southern part of the country adding that the decision is in the interest of building a stronger, more united and more progressive country.

They thereafter advised all aspirants from the Northern part of the country to withdraw from the race.

The leaders present at the meeting are, Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello; Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule; Governor of Borno State; Prof. B.G. Umara Zulum; Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai; Governor of Gombe State, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya; Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle; Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong; Former Governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Wamakko; Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu.

The statement read,

“During our discussions, we welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari’s invitation to governors and other stakeholders to contribute to the emergence of a strong presidential candidate for the APC.”

 “After careful deliberation, we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in office of President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the APC for the 2023 elections should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria.” “It is a question of honour for the APC, an obligation that is not in anyway affected by the decisions taken by another political party. We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interest of building a stronger, more united and more progressive country.”

 “We therefore wish to strongly recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari that the search for a successor as the APC’s presidential candidate be limited to our compatriots from the southern states. We appeal to all aspirants from the northern states to withdraw in the national interest and allow only the aspirants from the south to proceed to the primaries. We are delighted by the decision of our esteemed colleague, His Excellency, Governor Abubakar Badaru to  contribute to this patriotic quest by withdrawing his presidential aspiration.”

 “The APC has a duty to ensure that the 2023 elections offer a nation-building moment, reaffirming that a democratic pathway to power exists for all who value cooperation and build national platforms. This moment calls for the most sober and inclusive approach to selecting our party’s candidate, and we call on all APC leaders to fulfil their responsibility in this regard.”

 Meanwhile, the decision by the governors have led Jigawa Governor, Abubakar Badaru to withdraw from the presidential race.

 



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