Senator Alex Kadiri, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has said the party should give Amaechi and Zulum its presidential ticket in 2023.
NEWS MAIL NG reports that Alex Kadiri said Rotimi Amaechi and Babagana Zulum will be the best the party can present . He also said as an ex-lawmaker who represented Kogi East there is no one from the zone who can run for president.
He said, “I am a recognized leader in the North- Central. They invite me to all their meetings. There is nobody of substance who has the capacity to be President from North Central in 2023. Please, prove me wrong and bring that person. At my age, I am not looking for anything from anybody. I am not looking for work. I can only say my mind now.”
The zone, he added, should vie for APC national chairmanship instead.
“Olusegun Obasanjo was President of Nigeria for eight years. Now Yemi Osinbajo is Vice President and in 2023, he would have spent eight years. I think for the sake of fairness, it is only right and proper for the people of the South-West to shelve the idea of producing the President.
“North-West should also forget it. The South- Easterners are my in-laws and there are more Igbo coming to this house than any other tribe in Nigeria because of my wife. So, I cannot have ill feelings towards an Igbo man.
The fact of the matter is that Igbo with their republican attitude to everything can’t be President of Nigeria this present time (2023).
“Whether you like it or not, Rotimi Amaechi still stands as a viable person. He has the experience, and good health. Anybody we are considering today as President must be healthy. If Amaechi and Zulum can put their acts together, this country can move forward.”
Away from national politics, Kadiri also chided Governor Yahaya Bello for “doing nothing since his administration came on board a few years ago.”
“There are no development efforts going on in any of the senatorial districts in Kogi state including his (governor) own. He tried rushing one bridge in his home town and after two weeks, the bridge collapsed. Nothing is going on in Kogi East and there is no federal presence apart from the Federal Polytechnic, Idah which has been there for years,” he added.