Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has stated that Nigerians are clamouring for him to contest the 2023 presidency and he would respond soon.
The Governor who gave a hint that his answer would be positive boasted that he has the capability and capacity to become Nigeria’s next leader.
Bello made the submission on Friday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme.
In his words, “Nigerians, the youth and women, and all Nigerians, including very objective elites are asking me to run for President in 2023 and I believe it is high time that we looked into capacity, who can do the job, who is going to unify this country. And I think they are seeing something in me that they are asking me to come and unite and fix this country.
“My answer will be in the affirmative in a few time from now.
“I want to urge each and every one of us that are urging me to come to be patient. It’s a work in progress. And by the grace of God, I am not going to disappoint you when the time comes for me to give a response to that.”
On the recent call by Southern Governors for the restructuring of Nigeria, Bello spoke on the need for leaders to be circumspect and be careful with their utterances so as not to heat up the system.
He added that while the Governors have made valid points with their submissions, their position seems like an attack on the person and government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He however absolved the Buhari administration of blames, noting that the current challenges in Nigeria were caused by the failures of past governments.
He said, “Let me caution each and every one of us, leaders across board including governors and all of the leaders across Nigeria that we should be careful about the words we use. When we are talking of security, unity and national cohesion of Nigeria, as leaders and politicians, we should be careful about the words we use when we are addressing these various topical issues.
“When we talk about restructuring or the various demands or resolutions put across by my colleagues from the South, they are quite germane and they are entitled to their opinions and I so respect it but when it is titled or when it appears as if you are fighting President Muhammadu Buhari, our father and our President, we are all getting it wrong because we get to where we are today as a result of maladministration of successive administrations.”
Meanwhile, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has backed the resolution of the 17 Southern Governors calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to review federal appointments.
Naija News reports that the Bauchi State Governor stated this while speaking to newsmen on Thursday.
He stated that there is a need to review federal government appointments to reflect federal character, adding that there is no fairness in the allocation of appointments across the geopolitical zones.