- Some prominent north-central politicians have been agitating for the 2023 presidency to move to their region in the past few months
- One of such politicians is the national chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Yabagi Yusuf Sani
- Sani is of the view that the region is well qualified to produce Nigeria's president after Buhari leaves power in 2023
The national chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Yabagi Yusuf Sani, has declared that the north-central region deserves to produce Nigeria's next president in the 2023 presidential poll.
Sani made the declaration in an interview with Daily Trust published on Saturday, January 2.
He said the region is qualified to produce the next president with whatever yardstick that would be used in determining where Nigeria's next leader should come from.
He said the agitation informed the formation of a new pressure group called The Unity Bridge Association of the North Central.
According to him, the group has a three-point agenda: cultural integration, economic development, and political emancipation.
“We believe that given our uniqueness, we cannot be subsumed in Arewa Consultative Forum’s (ACF) narratives.
“Besides, the country, by convention, has six geopolitical zones. If we allow ourselves to be subsumed in the so-called north as a bloc without identifying ourselves as one political entity that should be able to stand on its own and fight for itself, then we would have short-changed.
“It’s only the north-central that has not been given the opportunity to produce a civilian head of government.”
When reminded that the region has produced past military presidents, Sani said it was out of their own adventure, adding that nobody in the region was consulted.
“Now we are talking of merit; people that have skills, track record, and experience to give this country the leadership that it deserves. Unfortunately, it’s not about what you can offer, but where you come from.
“If at all zoning is about equity and fairness and giving every Nigerian a sense of belonging, then I think this time around it is the turn of the north-central; not any other zone. I can show you a map here. You can see each zone has had a civilian representation.
“The only zone that is yet to produce a president or vice president is the north-central. So, if zoning in a civilian arrangement is about equity and fairness, the north-central should have it this time.”
Meanwhile, 2023 presidential campaign posters of Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello have surfaced on some major roads in Kano state.
The posters carrying inscriptions suggesting the governor’s 2023 presidential ambitions, were spotted in some areas of the foremost northern commercial city.
Recall that all members of the Kogi state House of Assembly recently called on Governor Bello to put his hat in the ring for the presidency in 2023.
According to the lawmakers, the governor ticked all the right boxes for the presidential seat and should be backed by all Nigerians to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari.
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