Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, on Tuesday, met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Speaking with State House correspondents after the end of the meeting, Bello said he came to inform the President of his intention to join the 2023 presidential race.
The Kogi governor said he has the required qualities to succeed President Buhari in 2023, stressing the need for a young, vibrant, experienced, energetic leader to become the next leader of the country.
Bello claimed that Nigerians are yearning and asking him to run for President in 2023 and he has accepted to join the presidential race.
He said: “Mr President would want a vibrant, experienced, energetic, patriotic Nigerian to take over from him and in all of the qualities that Nigerians are yearning, or looking for today, I possess all of these qualities by the special grace of God.
“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.”