The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday declared that it would be difficult for it to win the Presidential election next year with a southern presidential candidate.
A member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party, Amb. Sam Nkire, who led members of the National Assembly to collect the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, stated this in Abuja.
According to him, the opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was pushing them to consider a northern presidential candidate after President Muhammadu Buhari.
Asked why they were collecting forms for the Senate President even when the party seems to have zoned the ticket to the South, Nkire said: “Let me tell you, you are a journalist not a politician. 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,” he said.
It will be recalled that the Chairman of the Southern Governors, Rotimi Akeredolu, had insisted that the Presidency must come to the South after President Buhari.
Also speaking about the presence in the International Conference Centre, he said: “We are here, as you can see beside and behind me are senators and senior members, businessmen and politicians who are members of the APC and some other Nigerians who want a new president.”
Asked who the new President is and why they want him he said: “Alhaji Ahmed Lawan, current President of the Senate of Nigeria,” he said.