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2023: APC presidential aspirant quits over non-zoning of seat to Middle Belt

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh, Abuja
02 May 2022   |   3:36 am
All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant and chief agitator for Middle Belt presidency in 2023, Moses Ayom, has withdrawn from the race, citing the ruling party’s refusal to zone the top seat to the area.

All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant and chief agitator for Middle Belt presidency in 2023, Moses Ayom, has withdrawn from the race, citing the ruling party’s refusal to zone the top seat to the area.

Ayom, who announced his withdrawal while breaking fast with members of the Interfaith Clerics Council of Nigeria, in Abuja, yesterday, was one of the first to declare his interest to run for the presidency.

He said his entry into the race was informed by the belief that it was time to halt the injustice and marginalisation the Middle Belt region had suffered in terms of the country’s political leadership since independence.

The activist submitted said he accepted the call by his people, religious and regional leaders to run for the presidency with the hope that if elected President, “relief and succour would come to our people, who for decades, would experience equity, fairness and justice. A people that have suffered untold marginalisation and maltreatment in the form of economic and social deprivation arising from political slavery.”

But having got disappointed by the failure to zone the presidency to the Middle Belt, as well as the refusal by the APC to yield to pressure to reduce the N100 million nomination fee, the aspirant said he had to withdraw.

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