North West APC legislators endorse Bello’s presidential bid
All Progressives Congress (APC) Houses of Assembly members in the North West states have endorsed Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for President in 2023.
The endorsement was disclosed via a communiqué issued after an extraordinary meeting of the forum in Abuja, yesterday, which had in attendance former state legislators of the zone.
In the communiqué read by the former Speaker of Niger State House of Assembly, Mr. Ahmed Marafa, the North West lawmakers also urged the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) to zone the party’s presidential slot to the North.
Marafa said the North West legislators agreed to support their colleagues in the North Central for the 2023 Presidency, saying the zone had been deprived of the number one position since Nigeria’s Independence in 1960.
He quotes the communiqué: “We resolved that the State Assembly legislators of the North-West zone endorse and support the aspiration of the young and ebullient Governor Bello of Kogi, who has, against all odds, decided to take the bull by the horns, by aspiring to the office of the President come 2023.
“The members thank him for leading the clarion call for the Presidency to come to the North Central and urge him to have no fear or doubt in his race for the exalted office as members of the North West are solidly behind him.”
According to him, the meeting also agreed to call on the leadership of APC to zone the presidency to the North. “This is because the North will rule for 10 years at the end of President Buhari’s tenure, while the South had ruled for 14 years.”
The lawmakers also passed a vote of confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari for his leadership, urging him not to relent in ensuring that he leaves Nigeria in 2023 a better place.
They also passed a confidence vote in Governor Mai Mala Buni-led CECPC for its positively aggressive repositioning of the party.
Earlier in his remarks, Speaker of Kogi Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, galvanised the incumbent and former state lawmakers’ support for Bello’s presidential aspiration.