Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has denied reports that the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), had a zoning arrangement ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Yahaya Bello made this known while speaking to newsmen in Abuja at the weekend.
Recall that Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had recently said that the southern region of the country should be allowed to produce the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
The governor had joined his Kaduna counterpart, Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i and other prominent northern politicians who had made similar calls in recent days. However, speaking to reporters in Abuja at the weekend, Yahaya Bello said anyone from any zone was free to contest for the presidency in 2023, as there was no zoning arrangement in the APC.
He said, “There is nothing like zoning in our party. In 2015, there was no zoning; many aspirants, including former Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha, contested. In 2019, there was no zoning; people in APC were not courageous enough to contest with President Muhammadu Buhari”.
Asked if he is interested in the 2023 presidency, Bello replied, “If it’s the will of God for me to become president in this country at the right time, I will be”.
The Kogi governor reiterated that he would defeat any candidate he decides to contest against for the 2023 presidency with a record-breaking vote.