A former aide to the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, has noted that the ruling All Progressives Congress might not hand over its presidential ticket to a candidate from the Southeast in the 2023 general election.
Yakasai said the party might prefer a presidential candidate from the south-south part of the country.
He added that this would happen if the southwest fails to clinch the ticket of the ruling party.
Yakasai while speaking on Arise TV said, “As far as I am concerned, I have not seen any indication that the APC is going to field any candidate from the Southeast and I don’t think that is going to happen.
“Even if Southwest does not get it, to be honest, I don’t see the APC giving it to anybody from the Southeast, maybe the South-South but not the Southeast.”
He further stated that governors and elites from the southeast lacks unity and push for the presidency.
Yakasai added that the region also lacked the numbers that would produce a Nigerian president.
“In the Southeast, they keep agitating individually but they have not come together collectively to show a unified front to the rest of the country that they are indeed ready for this presidency.”
“There is no unity among the governors, there is no unity among the political elite and there is no unity among the followers. And unfortunately for them, they do not have the numbers, which means that they need the support of one or two regions”, Yakasai added.