A group under the aegis of North Central Coalition for Leadership ( NCCL) has stated that their call on the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to contest the forthcoming 2023 presidential election is to correct the imbalance against the North Central Geo political zone of the Country.
In a Press Statement signed by the National coordinator Mr Williams Charles , six states’ Coordinators, Women leader and National Secretary and made available to Journalists on Monday, noted that the North Central zone which is the unifier of the other Zones has been marginalised in the sharing of presidential office right from the first republic to the present dispensation.
The statement decried the nonchalant attitudes of other zones to the North Central which has been a mediator of political fury between the Northern and Southern Nigeria, saying the North Central has laid enough eggs that it should be allowed to hatch.
According to the National Coordinator Comrade Williams Charles which also double as the spokesperson of the group said , in the spirit of brotherhood, the other Zones should only queue behind a candidature from the North Central zone.
He added that the North Central zone which consists of Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Benue ; Plateau , Nasarawa states and the FCT has not tasted the presidency since the existince of Nigeria as a nation in 1960
According to him, the first Republic (1963 – 1966) produced President Nnamdi Azikweme and Prime Minister – Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (SouthEast/NorthEast) the Second Republic (1979 – 1983 produced President Shehu Shagari and Vice President Alex Ekwueme (NorthWest/SouthEast)
He added that the Abortive Third Republic was won by M.K.O Abiola and Babagana Kingibe (SouthWest/NorthEast and immediately the fourth republic was ushered , in 1999, former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar South west/ North East spent Eight years in office, even as Musa Umar Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan from North West / South south took over the mantle of leadership.
He stressed that after the demised of Musa Yar’adua, Goodluck Jonathan and Namadi Sambo South South / North West were made to complete what was left of eight years, stressing that President Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo North West / South west whose second term is ongoing leaving the North Central zone out of the Political equation as it neither have the president nor the Vice President since 1960.
According to him” Democracy is about Equity, Fairness and Justice. Considering the above statistics there is a great imbalance and zero of inclusiveness amounting to and obvious marginalization of North central.
“On this note, therefore, it is only fair that the North central be given the support of well meaning Nigerians to produce the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2023.at this time that we seem more divided than united, as what we need now is a unifier, a bridge between the old and the young, a daring and audacious Youth.
“Who else shall we be looking for if not Gov. Yahaya Bello who has demonstrated capacity to tackling security challenges in the state and the country.
“Yahaya Bello as a visionary youth with proven track records of performance, who has refused temptation to lockdown Kogi state during the first covid-19 lockdown, which has in turn increased investment in Kogi state by 1Billion Naira ahead of Lagos state.
“Kogi State tertiary institutions are in session, graduating students while their contemporaries are at home for over a year. It takes a man with courage and doggedness to achieve these feats in the face of crisis militating against economies and governments.”
“He has demonstrated political will to sanitize a civil service that was polarized with ghost workers. it is on record that Yahaya Bello boldly alleged top politicians being behind insecurity in the country.”
“He has consistently maintained his position on Covid-19 and criticized the 560billion naira earmarked for the purchase of the vaccines. He argued that the amount could be used to build over 40 world class , state-of-art health centers all around Nigeria that will cater for health needs of the people.
While galvanizing support of Nigerians of all ages, creed, tribes and status to their desire for Yahaya Bello to contest the 2023 presidential election, the group is urging him to heed the clarion call and declare for the plum job in 2023.