Northern states lawmakers
Matthew Kolawole, Convener of the forum addressing the press

State assembly members from northern states of Nigeria have rejected the call to zone the 2023 presidency to the south, while backing the presidential aspiration of Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello.

They argued that the south has had more years in power than its northern counterpart since 1999.

Meeting under the aegis of Nigeria Northern States Legislature Forum in Abuja, on Thursday, they also posited that Governor Bello who has already expressed interest in the race should consult more widely.

The meeting convened by the Speaker of the Kogi state House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, was to mobilize support for the governor’s ambition.

In the communique issued at the end of the meeting, which was read by Kolawole, the lawmakers argued that the south has had a total of 14 years in power as against the north’s 10 at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

They agreed that members should go back to their constituencies to consult with relevant stakeholders on the Kogi governor’s ambition, saying that he was competent to become president of the country.

The meeting also resolved to set up a national working committee to articulate and advance Governor Bello’s presidential aspiration.

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