Some political associates of Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, have picked the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest forms for him, saying Nigeria needs a “Nigerian president” and not one given to ethnic proclivities.
They said they have Dr Lawan’s backing to pick the forms on his behalf.
“We are not here on our own, we have his backing. Even though friends and brothers contributed to purchase this form for him but he has given us the go ahead”, said leader of the group, Chief Sam Nkire.
He also accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP of driving the APC into abandoning zoning of its presidential ticket.
According to him, if the PDP cedes its presidential ticket to the North, it would amount to political suicide for the APC to act in the contrary.
He said; “We are here you can see beside and behind me Senators and senior members businessmen and politicians who are members of the All Progressives Congress and some other Nigerians who want a new president.
“We want the current Senate President to be the president of Nigeria for many reasons. National stability one, and a president that we are bringing for the Nigerian people is a Nigerian president, not an Igbo president, not a Fulani president, not a Yoruba president, but a Nigerian president who we have watched and see that there would be no other candidate that will be so level-headed and someone who has the feeling of the poor Nigerians”.
On the issue of zoning, Chief Nkire said; “Let me tell you, every politician is in politics to win. It is PDP that is driving us to do this. We have said so, but we don’t want PDP to take the government from us. If you give the position to a southerner and PDP gives to a northerner, APC will go into the wilderness and we are not ready to go into the wilderness”.
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