Yahaya Bello meets Buhari and walks away from APC zoning arrangement

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello met President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja on Tuesday and dissented from plans to zone the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket to the south.

The governor, who spoke to State House correspondents after the closed meeting, said he would participate in the party’s presidential primary.

Bello added that he was not among the 14 Northern governors who ceded the party’s presidential ticket to the South.

The governors had asked presidential aspirants in the North on Sunday evening to withdraw from the race and allow their counterparts in the South to continue the process.

Bello said, “I am a free citizen and a qualified party member. I contest.

“I bought the form, I was allowed to participate in the primary election and there is no reason for me to be excluded from the ballot. If they do, then it is a recipe for a biggest problem for the party.

“However, I don’t think it’s a party decision. It is a decision of a few elites who may decide to use their position to oppress the so-called minority.

“But I want to prove that in this country, I am not a minority. I belong to the younger generation and Nigerians who are oppressed and say their voice needs to be heard. ”

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The governor insisted he would win the primary election if the process was free and fair.

He added: “I firmly believe that entering this arena today I will win massively if the normal process and regulations are followed, I will emerge victorious.”

On the rotation of power, the governor said he was never consulted by his colleagues before the decision was made.

“I am a unifier, I have demonstrated this in my state and in the performance of the various tasks entrusted to me by the party.

“So nobody consulted me on the decision to transfer power to the South and I would say that they were enlisted by a certain interest who wants to be the vice-president at all costs.

“And I continue to oppose the issue of ‘rotating’ presidency because the insecurity we face today does not respect that.

“Every part of this country faces insecurity and wants prosperity and we want unity in this country, which I stand for.

“Who should be able to solve this problem is what should occupy our minds now, not the rotating presidency.”

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