- Kashim Shettima has said that it is to early to discuss where APC will pick its 2023 presidential candidate
- The former Borno governor said leaders of the party including President Muhammadu Buhari will make decisions to that effect at the appropriate time
- Shettima assured that the ruling party will defeat other opposition parties in the 2023 presidential election and retain power
Kashim Shettima, former governor of Borno state, has stated that it is too early to discuss the 2023 presidency by the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state capital on Friday, December 4, during a two-day high-level mid-term retreat, the APC chieftain described as a total distraction the wrangling recently generated over zoning.
Shettima said when the time comes, leaders of APC including President Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Lagos governor, will decide where the new presidential candidate of the party would come from.
Legit.ng gathers that the former governor, who spoke alongside the minister of work and housing Raji Fashola, maintained that APC will not disintegrate over the presidential ticket.
He also expressed confidence that the party would win the election by 2023.
"Don’t forget that our party still controls the Presidency. We have a leader and other competent leaders that can manage every crisis situation.
“At the appropriate time, our leaders will sit and take the apt decision that will resolve the issue."
APC must honour zoning - Amaechi, Fashola
Speaking on Channels TV, Amaechi said the APC is built on the principles of zoning and should be accorded the deserved respect in picking its presidential candidates.
Amaechi's statement is coming barely three days Fashola advised the leadership of the APC to respect and honour the agreement reached at the formative stage of the party for zoning to take place.
APC kicks, tackles Fashola
Meanwhile, Fashola's comments seem to have triggered more comments on the issue, with several APC chieftains giving contrary information on the true situation of things.
The APC northeast vice-chairman, Mustapha Salihu, asked the minister to explain the quarters where it was done and the parties to the unwritten agreement.
"First, he has to provide people that were privy to that agreement. Even if he didn’t mention names, he will say the stage where it was done, whether at the point of merger, then you know from research those that participated in the merger."
Power must shift to the south in 2023 - Shekarau
In a related development, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has dabbled into the conversation on the 2023 presidency, with the former minister and two-term former governor of Kano state saying Nigeria must allow President Buhari's successor to come from the southern part.
Shekarau, who spoke on Channels TV's Sunrise Daily on Thursday, December 3, said this will allow the country to attain a political balance.
The former governor noted that President Buhari is from the north and "common sense tells one that we should look at the other side."
2023 election: Why a northerner should be President again - Shettima | Legit TV