Barely 48 hours to the Presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governors elected on the platform of the ruling Party from the Northern region have formally backed power shift to the South, calling on the ruling party to zone its presidential ticket to the region.
This is even as a frontline Northern presidential aspirant and governor of Jigawa state, Abubakar Badaru, has now withdrawn from the race, apparently inline with the resolution of his Northern counterparts.
The resolution signed by eleven Governors, on Saturday, said the decision was taken after careful deliberation and firm conviction that after President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight year reign, the presidential candidate of the APC for the 2023 elections should come from the South.
Read full statement below:
STATEMENT BY NORTHERN STATES APC GOVERNORS AND POLITICAL LEADERS
APC governors and political leaders from the northern states of Nigeria today met to review the political situation and to further support our Party in providing progressive leadership amidst our national challenges.
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 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.
4th June 2022:
Aminu Bello Masari Governor of Katsina State
Abubakar Sani Bello Governor of Niger State
Abdullahi A. Sule Governor of Nasarawa State
Prof. B.G. Umara Zulum Governor of Borno State
Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai Governor of Kaduna State
Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya Governor of Gombe State
Bello M. Matawalle Governor of Zamfara State
Simon Bako Lalong Governor of Plateau StateSenator
Aliyu Wamakko Former Governor of Sokoto State
Dr. A.U. Ganduje Governor of Kano StateSenator
Abubakar Atiku Bagudu Governor of Kebbi State