Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has disagreed with his Southern counterparts on returning presidency to the South.
Recall that the Southern Governors at the end of their meeting in Lagos earlier this month demanded that the presidency should return to the south after President Muhammadu Buhari concludes his tenure in 2023.
But in an interview with BBC Hausa Service, Bagudu berated his colleagues for demanding that the next President comes from the South.
The Kebbi governor added that politics is all about unity, understanding, wooing and respecting people. He opined that everyone should contest and allow people to decide.
Governor Bagudu, however, asked his counterparts to embark on wooing voters to every part of the country.
He said: “Being chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum chairman, I won’t say my mind but I think people should understand the history as to how leaders were produced in 1999, it was done through unity.
“PDP and APP were the major political parties at the time. Alex Ekwueme and Obasanjo were the aspirants under PDP, and Obasanjo carried the party’s flag.
“For us in the APP, we entered an alliance with AD, it produced the presidential candidate in Olu Falaye while APP produced his running mate, Umaru Shinkafi. That arrangement produced both candidates from the South West, and that’s how the region ruled for eight years.
“So, politics is all about unity, understanding, wooing and respecting people and that’s what we’re playing out in APC now. So, instead of issuing statements, there’s a need for everyone to embark on wooing voters to every part of the country.
“Here is our candidate who could bring peace and prosperity to the country. And a candidate that can continue with the legacies laid by the Buhari presidency which is void of greediness and nepotism, that’s the kind of leader who can sustain peace in our country.“