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2023 Presidency: Northern Politicians Set To Join APC Presidential Race

There are rumors that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and certain northern members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would run for president in 2023.

This comes while the ruling party’s presidential ticket has yet to be zoned to the South.

According to reports, Mohammed Badaru, the governor of Jigawa State, is also set to declare his candidacy for president.

With the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, already in the race, other northern hopefuls are anticipated to express interest.

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According to reliable sources, some members of the ruling party are advocating for more Northerners in the event that the Peoples Democratic Party nominates a Northern presidential candidate.

A chieftain of the ruling party said, “The North has the numbers and this is what the PDP is trying to take advantage of. As it is, the APC is trying to be very careful and that is why the party is refusing to make its position known on zoning.

“If we in the APC pick a southern candidate and the PDP picks a core northern candidate, then the APC stands a chance of losing the election especially if the South is not united.”

The source further stated that President Muhammadu Buhari would have preferred the party’s ticket is zoned to the South-West because the party’s largest base is in the region.

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He added, “Bola Tinubu from Lagos State has declared. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo from Ogun State has also declared. Former Governor Ibikunle Amosun also from Ogun State is declaring this week. Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State will be declared as well.

“They will divide the delegates into their respective states. Both Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Gboyega Oyetola of Lagos and Osun states respectively are supporting Tinubu while Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State is supporting Osinbajo. The North is ready to cash in on this division.”

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