A chief of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Alhaji Bala Adamu Kuta, told the National Party Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the presidential nominee of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to forget their presidential bids ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Kuta also said that in the 2023 presidential election, the trio of Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Nasir El Rufai of the state of Kaduna and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State should abandon their interests.
On Tuesday in Minna, Kuta, chairman of the Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority, told newsmen that all the political heavyweights listed showed direct or indirect interests in the plum job, so they should forget their ambitions.
He argued that the main religions claim that if anyone says he wants power, he or she will not give power to such a person because he or she will fail or misuse power.”
He also advised the APC to forget the zoning of the state presidency and governorship, saying that All qualified and credible” individuals should be allowed to seek the party’s tickets for the positions, regardless of their areas of origin.
“Let the people make their choice, we should not restrict the presidential or governorship tickets to a particular zone or area of the country or the state”.
Asked to react to the claim by Minister of Works Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola that the APC had a written agreement since 2015 to shift the presidency to the South West geo- political zone, Kuta said: ” I am not aware of the agreement even if there was an agreement. Events over the last couple of years had made the agreement a nullity.”
“The only way to move Nigeria forward is to abandon zoning because zoning can throw up a wrong candidate, if we are sincere about moving Nigeria forward, we should forget about zoning”.
Kuta also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the voice of Nigerians and sack the Service Chiefs, adding that ” majority of Nigerians cannot be wrong”
He attributed the crisis that had polarised the Niger state chapter of the APC to what he described as “a wrong start”, adding “there was a wrong start, we planted those who did not have anybody at the grassroots.
“We should now allow free and fair election, if we go the way we went before by appointing people the problem will continue”.
The problem of the Niger state chapter of the party Kuta said was that ” it is not properly managed, the party has been left in the hands of inexperienced people, it is run by two or three people only”.
The State Executive of the party was recently sacked by a group which also appointed a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the party.