Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Abubakar Girei, the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), said that a Yemi Osinbajo-Babagana Zulum ticket is the mixture that would guarantee victory for the ruling party.
Girei, a prominent former senator representing Adamawa Central from 1999-2003, said that it would be fitting to consider offering the ticket to the serving Vice President to strengthen the accomplishments of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of Borno State as his running mate if the APC were to zone its presidential slot to the South.
The former senator called on the leadership of the APC to prevent a costly error in the choice of a presidential nominee and running mate, speaking on Monday to select reporters in Kaduna on a range of national issues.
He acknowledged that those calling for a power transfer to the South-East are not incorrect, but argued that because of the help the region provided to the President in the last election, it is morally correct to give it to the South-West.
The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and he is from the South-West, is someone who rightfully and legally still has the right to fly the APC flag in 2023. Who else would be better than him? ,’ asked Girei.
‘So, whoever comes out as the South-West APC flag bearer, I think he should naturally choose someone from the North-East to be his running mate. We have so many of them in the North-East, but you would agree with me that we have one governor who has now established himself as the country’s best governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum of the State of Borno, arguably the best governor.
‘If someone like Prof. Osinbajo is able to team up with Babagana Zulum, I have no doubt in my mind that we’re going to win the election hands down.
‘But it’s not the time for that, as I said, yet. Even the South-West we’re talking about isn’t because they’re the country’s most deserving region. As far as I am concerned, the North-East is the most deserving, followed by the South-East.
The president of this nation has never been created by the North-East. So, preferably, they should be the one we should be talking about their presidency, but because of this consensus and understanding of the gentlemen, we said that the South-West played a very prominent role in midwifting the APC and gave 100% support to President Muhammadu Buhari’s emergence as president; therefore, morally, we are bound to have someone from the South-West as the nexus