Governor Yahaya Bello, a presidential candidate on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, claims that 26 million Nigerians are ready to back him in his bid to become the country’s president in 2023.
“It is high time we deemphasised this issue of zoning. In the country today, all that Nigerians want, for instance, is who will secure them. Out of the 26 million Nigerians who want to support me, they know I am from the North,” stated the Kogi governor. “But by my performance, by my desire to serve this country, they are all out there to support me, not minding where I come from.”
Bello, who said this on Sunday in Abuja, advised the elite to “lift their knees off the necks of citizens and let Nigerians breathe.”
He claims to be in a race to shift the narratives of Nigerian regional politics.
“So if Nigeria’s younger generations can try to deemphasise that dichotomy and we still have some leaders (I refer to them as regional leaders) who are still emphasising this, then Nigerians and the delegates should shine their eyes,” the Kogi governor added. “If you go to America today, you do not care where Biden comes from. If you go to the United Kingdom, you do not know where the prime minister comes from.”
“Most people in the United Arab Emirates don’t know where the ruler comes from,” he continued. So why do we keep emphasizing it?”
Yahaya Bello noted that not all northern governors agreed on the choice to support a southern candidate as presidential flag bearer in response to the decision of the northern governors to support a southern candidate as presidential flag bearer.
“If you look at how each and every governor endorsed that document at the last convention, when we all came to an agreement,” the APC presidential candidate said. “When you compare that to this, which is circulating on social media, you’ll notice that the message comes first, followed by signatures. It was merely manufactured to inflame the political situation.”