- Senator Ali Ndume has told the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone its presidential ticket to the south
- Ndume made the plea on Saturday, March 13, in Abuja, the nation's capital
- The former Senate leader, however, noted that it would be unfair to the south if APC zones the ticket to the north after President Buhari's two terms in office
Senator Ali Ndume, the chairman of the Senate committee on Army, has said it would be against the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the north to produce the party’s presidential candidate in 2023.
Daily Trust reports that the lawmaker, who represents Borno South in the Senate, stated this at a press roundtable organised by the correspondents’ chapel, Nigerian Union of Journalists, FCT Council, on Saturday, March 13.
Legit.ng gathered that he said any attempt to zone the party’s presidential ticket to the north would be tantamount to the third term after President Muhammad Buhari's second term in office.
The lawmaker said in the spirit of fairness, justice and equity, any part of the country’s south should produce the next presidential candidate APC.
“I’m against APC producing its presidential candidate from the north. The APC presidential candidate should come from the south.
“I have said it before and will still say it again that if we have a northerner as APC presidential candidate, to me, it is tantamount to the third term and it is not constitutional. The (APC) constitution says the president shall serve two terms and we said then that the north should serve two terms.
On the ravaging insecurity in the country, Senator Ndume lamented that troops at the war front are ill-equipped to tackle the challenges, adding that the federal government must ensure that the armed forces have what it takes to fight insecurity.
The lawmaker also said there was nothing wrong if the federal government hired mercenaries and special forces from foreign countries to help combat insecurity.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, March 10, got the support of Igbos in Lagos to run for the 2023 presidential election.
It was reported that during a visit to a former chairman of Amuwo Odofin local government, Comrade Ayodele Adewale, on Wednesday, delegates of the Igbo-speaking community in the state expressed their readiness to give Tinubu the needed backing to get the APC's ticket and become Nigeria's president.
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