Northern governors serving on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, on Saturday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to pick his successor from the Southern part of the country.
The governors said it would be an honour for Buhari’s successor to come from the Southern part of the country.
In a statement they issued after their meeting, the Northern governors explained that such would foster unity in Nigeria.
They also urged all Northern presidential aspirants to step down for their Southern counterparts.
11 governors signed the statement from the Northern part of the country.
See the full text of the statement below…
APC governors and political leaders from the northern states of Nigeria today met to review the political situation and to further support our Party in providing progressive leadership amidst our national challenges.
During our discussions, we welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari’s invitation to governors and other stakeholders to contribute to the emergence of a strong presidential candidate for the APC.
After careful deliberation, we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in the office of President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the APC for the 2023 elections should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria.
It is a question of honour for the APC, an obligation that is not in any way affected by the decisions taken by another political party.
We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interest of building a stronger, more united, and more progressive country.
We, therefore, wish to strongly recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari that the search for a successor as the APC’s presidential candidate be limited to our compatriots from the southern states.
We appeal to all aspirants from the northern states to withdraw in the national interest and allow only the aspirants from the south to proceed to the primaries.
We are delighted by the decision of our esteemed colleague, His Excellency, Governor Abubakar Badaru to contribute to this patriotic quest by withdrawing his presidential aspiration.
The APC has a duty to ensure that the 2023 elections offer a nation-building moment, reaffirming that a democratic pathway to power exists for all who value cooperation and build national platforms.
This moment calls for the soberest and inclusive approach to selecting our party’s candidate, and we call on all APC leaders to fulfill their responsibility in this regard.
4th June 2022:
Aminu Bello Masari Governor of Katsina State
Abubakar Sani Bello Governor of Niger State
Abdullahi A. Sule Governor of Nasarawa State
Prof. B.G. Umara Zulum Governor of Borno State
Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai Governor of Kaduna State
Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya Governor of Gombe State
Bello M. Matawalle Governor of Zamfara State
Simon Bako Lalong Governor of Plateau StateSenator
Aliyu Wamakko Former Governor of Sokoto State
Dr. A.U. Ganduje Governor of Kano StateSenator
Abubakar Atiku Bagudu Governor of Kebbi State.