Salihu Tanko Yakasai, a former Special Adviser to Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has stated that the All Progressives Congress, APC, will not issue its presidential ticket to a candidate from the Southeast.
There are no signs, according to Yakasai, that the APC presidential candidates will come from the Southeast.
The Kano State APC head stated that the party would prefer to nominate a presidential candidate from the South.
He explained that if the Southwest fails to secure the ticket, APC may opt for the Southsouth
Yakasai, who spoke on Arise Tv morning show said: “As far as I am concerned, I have not seen any indication that the APC is going to field any candidate from the Southeast and I don’t think that is going to happen.
“Even if Southwest does not get it, to be honest, I don’t see the APC giving it to anybody from the Southeast, maybe the South-South but definitely not the Southeast.”
Yakasai also said that the governors and elites of the Southeast lacked unity in their bid for the presidency.
He also stated that the region lacks the population necessary to create a Nigerian president.
In the Southeast, they keep agitating individually but they have not come together collectively to show a unified front to the rest of the country that they are indeed ready for this presidency. There is no unity among the governors, there is no unity among the political elite and there is no unity among the followers. And unfortunately for them, they do not have the numbers, which means that they need the support of one or two regions”, Yakasai added.
According to Jare Jide, a public affairs specialist, Yakasai just voiced his personal views.
The APC National Congress, according to Jide, will decide which zone would produce the party’s presidential candidate.
However, he believes Nigerians will be surprised if a Southeasterner runs for the APC.
“I believe it is simply his own perspective; the APC can come up with anything; let’s see what they come up with after their Congress.”
APC has strong politicians from the Southeast, they may surprise Nigerians in 2023. So, let’s keep watching as things unfold,” he told NG Times.