Governor of Bauchi State Bala Mohammed has said he doesn’t believe in zoning ahead of the 2023 presidential choices but rather believes that the focus should simply be to find a leader who’s able of leading Nigeria.
Governor Bala made the commentary during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics. This comes days after himself and former Senate President Bukola Saraki, were named by the Northern Elders Forum on Friday as the agreement campaigners for the Peoples Democratic Party.
According to Bala, himself and Saraki have been asked to decide on who’ll crop as the seeker to represent the region.
While stating that he has the wealth of knowledge and experience to lead Nigeria, he said he’ll only step down for Saraki if he’s induced beyond reasonable dubieties that he’ll do a better job come 2023.
When asked if he’d step down for former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who’s considered to be one of the political heavy- weights who’s fighting for the top job, Bala said “ why ca n’t Atiku step down for me”.
He explained that the only person who he’d step down for is Goodluck Jonathan if he declares his interest to run for President. I stand by my commitment not to dispute against Jonathan,” the governor said. On the imposition of candidates by northern elders, Bala respond.
Northern elders didn’t impose me, Saraki for presidency
Governor, Bala Mohammed, on Sunday, in Abuja, said that the northern elders didn’t “ put” him or the former Senate President Bukola Saraki as the northern agreement presidential campaigners of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He argued that contrary to opinions making the rounds, the Professor Ango Abdullahi- led commission held wide consultations with crucial party stakeholders before arriving at its decision.
Mohammed’s assertion was captured in a statement inked by the Spokesman of the Bala Mohammed Presidential Campaign Organisation,Prof. Udenta Udenta, named‘Senator Bala Mohammed presidential crusade organisation commends General Babangida and the elders, unfolds its crusade line‘Nigeria First’.
Bala, who said he’d not join issues with any individual or body on the question of the Consensus Arrangement, advised all parties displeased by the selection process to concentrate on their individual political circles without let or interference.
According to him, we wish to place it on record thatGen. Babangida noway approached nor lobbied anybody to superintend the process that will lead to the emergence of a agreement presidential applicant.
“Maybe it was the gathering of presidential hopefuls comprised of Senator Bala Mohammed, Aminu Tambuwal, Senator Bukola Saraki and Mohammed Hayatu-Deen that on the whole, unreservedly, and eagerly moved toward General Babangida to help select from among themselves an agreement official candidate.