Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has insisted that the North would produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Mohammed said the claim that power must shift to the Southern part of the country in 2023 is meant for the All Progressives Congress, APC, and not the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He said the North still has four years left, based on the arrangement of the PDP.
Mohammed disclosed this when a Contact and Consultation Committee he set up for his presidential ambition submitted its report to him on Friday at the Government House in Bauchi.
Mohammed said, “We are aware of the agitations of the southern part of the country because the leader of the country today, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is from the North, will finish his tenure in 2023, so power should rotate to the South.
“But I want to say that I am in PDP, I am not in APC. It is the APC that has this burden (of zoning the presidency to the South).
“In my party, the last President was from the South and he was my President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. During this period, my party was at the centre for 16 years, 14 of those years were led by the people from the South, so where is the justice and the justification? Therefore, it is the turn of the North (to produce the President).”
In 2021 NewsWireNGR recalls, Bala Mohammed said he was in talks with stakeholders over calls for him to run for the presidency in 2023.
The governor, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), disclosed this when he received a group of northern youth leaders in Bauchi.
According to him, the youth leaders had endorsed him to run for the highest office in the country, but he is yet to make a decision.
“Today, I received the Northern Youth Leaders Forum who paid me a solidarity visit at the Government House annex, Bauchi,” he said in a statement.
“I appreciated the forum for all they have so far sacrificed in my favour. Their endorsement is an indication that Nigerian youths are ready to contribute to national development.
“My gratitude also goes to the forum for finding me worthy of contesting for the Nigerian presidency in 2023.
“I assured the group that I am still talking with critical stakeholders to seek their feedback and support, and I will revert in due course.”