Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has warned the All Progressives Congress, APC, that removing his name from the ballot for the party’s presidential flag bearer election in 2023 will be disastrous.
Governor Bello, who is one of the 23 contenders who have been cleared to run for the party’s presidential ticket in the 2023 election, claims there is a plot against him, accusing the APC northern governors and some elite of colluding.
Bello, who described himself as a leading presidential candidate who would win overwhelmingly if the process was transparent and credible, said the only reason he would not run for president is if President Muhammadu Buhari told him to step down.
After meeting behind closed doors with the President, Bello told State House media that the APC will retain power at the center if it follows the rules.
“If the process is credible,” he exulted, “getting into the arena today, I will triumph overwhelmingly.”
He claimed that excluding him from the primary was unnecessary because he symbolizes the youth and the oppressed.
Bello claimed that the APC governors from the north did not consult him before passing the resolution transferring power to the south, and that the resolution was not a bid on him.
He restated his objection to the rotating president, claiming that it does not allow for the formation of a capable leader to steer the country’s affairs.