2023: “Allow me to pick my successor” – Buhari begs APC Governors
Ahead of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential primary election, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked governors elected on the platform of the ruling party to allow him pick his successor. The president made the request in his address during a meeting with the Progressives Governors Forum in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to Buhari, the state governors were given the opportunity to pick their successor, asking them to allow him do same at the federal level.
Buhari said, “In keeping with the established internal policies of the Party and as we approach the Convention in a few days, therefore, I wish to solicit the reciprocity and support of the Governors and other stakeholders in picking my successor, who would fly the flag of our party for election into the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023.
“We gave governors re-election tickets or opportunity to pick their successors; allow me pick my successor.”
Road to 2023: Only Bola Tinubu can match Atiku in 2023, says Niger APC Chieftain, Vatsa
Atiku’s emergence as the Presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general election continues to generate mixed feelings within the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), as the Chieftain of the party and former Commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism in Niger State, Jonathan Vatsa has said that the only way the ruling party can make any impart in the general election is to adopt the former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu as its Presidential Candidate.
The former Commissioner who was reacting to insinuations by some stakeholders that following the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as PDP flag bearer, the ruling party should field a northern candidate in the 2023 election in an interview in Minna, argued that there is no northern Aspirant that has the pedigree to withstand Atiku in the forthcoming election.
Vatsa pointed out that contrary to fear that the northerners will vote along religious and ethnic lines, “it will interest Nigerians to know that average northerners are tired of northern leadership because the common man on the street in the north has not benefitted anything from the 52 years that the region has ruled this country”.
While justifying his support for the Candidacy of Bola Tinubu, the former Publicity secretary of the party in the state maintained that the late M.K.O Abiola won a Presidential election in 1993 overwhelmingly against a northern candidate, the late Bashir Tofa, and wonder while Tinubu can not do the same in 2023.
According to Vatsa, “Northern leadership in the last 52 years has only brought, poverty, hunger, increase the level of illiteracy and now high level of Insecurity. I can tell you that in a free and fair election, the northerners will want a change of leadership to the south, there no sense going for something that does not profit you.
He believed that those clamoring for a northern candidate for the ruling All Progressive Congress because of the emergence of Atiku are not in tune with the reality in the north, adding that “Wike’s Performance in the PDP Presidential Primary election against Atiku is enough to tell the whole world that the northerners are tired of their leaders.
“Wike would have defeated Atiku if the South had stood for him. Majority of his votes are from the north, that is why I am saying Tinubu will give Atiku a nightmare in the general election. Tinubu is very acceptable in the north and in the southwest. He is the only person with the capacity to face Atiku in the general election. A northern candidate for APC will be a walkover for Atiku, and that is my candid opinion”,
Source: The Sun