Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Friday, May 14, said he is considering running for President in 2023.
Yahaya Bello made this disclosure during a guest appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“Nigerians, the youth and women, and all Nigerians, including very objective elites are asking me to run for President in 2023,” he said.
“And I believe it is high time that we look into capacity, who can do the job, who is going to unify this country. And I think they are seeing something in me that they are asking me to come and unite and fix this country.
“My answer will be in the affirmative in a few time from now.
“I want to urge each and every one of us that are urging me to come to be patient. It’s a work in progress. And by the grace of God, I am not going to disappoint you when the time comes for me to give a response to that.”
Furthermore, Yahaya Bello defended President Muhammadu Buhari’s record, especially on restructuring and insecurity.
He said calls for restructuring Nigeria should not be made in ways that appear to antagonise the President; who he said was already reshaping the country through Executive Orders; granting autonomy to the judiciary and local governments.
“We got where we are today as a result of maladministration of successive administrations; not just President Muhammadu Buhari,” Governor Bello said.
“I continue to say that he has done great. Do we need to do more? Are there other areas to improve upon? Yes, there are several; but it is not a one-man job. It is our collective responsibility.”
The Governor said while he does not criticise the decision of 17 southern Governors to ban the open grazing of cattle on Tuesday; there is a need to find solutions that accommodate others.
“I have not banned open grazing in Kogi State because there is no provision for ranching yet,” Governor Bello said.
“Should I send the millions of Fulani that are living their normal lives, that have been living with us peacefully over the years? Should I send them away? Rather, let me devise a way of integrating them by ensuring that the conflict between farmers and herders does not exist.”