—Says he’ll make a formal declaration after APC Convention

GOVERNOR Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, yesterday said the north-central has been the most marginalised in the country since 1960 when it gained its independence and is most deserving of the presidency come 2023.

Governor Bello was reacting to the Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo’s insistence that zoning the presidency to the Southeast will remain a fundamental ingredient for national unity.

Recall that the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor had in a statement on Monday, said that wherever the next president of Nigeria comes from will send a strong message to Ndigbo (Igbo people).

But the Kogi State Governor, who said he would formally declare his intention to run for the presidency after the convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, explained that he was in Aso Rock to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of insecurity in his state.

He said the north-central has never produced the president nor vice president of the country, and it was only proper that the zone should be allowed to produce the next President of the country in 2023.

Fielding question on the southeast position on the 2023 Presidency, Bello said, “Well, if you’re talking of southeast then you will equally talk of north-central not only since 1999 but since 1960. So what do you say of north-central both the president and vice president?



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