From Ahmad SAKA,Bauchi
A former member of the House of Representatives from Bauchi State, Honorable Hamisu Muazu Shira says he is in full support of clarion calls for Governor Bala Mohammed of the state to contest presidential election come 2023.
The former federal lawmaker made his position known in a press statement issued to journalists today Tuesday in Bauchi.
Shira said himself and his colleagues the former federal lawmakers from the states of the North East will support the governor by seeking for the votes of Nigerians in his favor in the forthcoming presidential election.
He said due to the commitment of Governor Bala Mohammed towards the infrastructural development, if giving the opportunity, he will bring development in terms of roads network nationwide, developing housing and critical sectors of the nation’s economy.
“Having known Senator Bala Mohammed, and his leadership qualities, he is capable and should be called upon to contest presidential election especially we in the north east we have not produced president.”
On which zone to produce the next president of the country, Shira appealed to southern brothers should, by the instrument of the wisdom and knowledge of this press statement, be properly guided to start proper political and democratic consultations now for the 2023 presidential polls, because it would be hinged on congruity with pure democratic tenets and principles.
He described the position of the Southern Governors to demand for North to Concede 2023 Presidency as unconstitutional, undemocratic, and unacceptable.
“I hereby disagree with the resolution of the Southern Governors meeting in Lagos to the effect that the North should simply allow for the South to produce the next President of Nigeria come 2023 presidential elections. As much respect and high regards as I would habour for our Southern brothers and colleagues in the political arena.”
“So, a situation where the Southern Governors demands for a whole larger half of the country be shut out of the presidential race on mere and flimsy excuse of inconsequential sentiments.”
Shira said there are eminent Nigerian citizens in every part of the country and therefore the North East still has qualified human political materials who have ambition to serve the nation at the highest level of political office as such ambitions do not have to be shut down just because there are Southerners that want to become President of Nigeria in 2023.
The former House of Representatives member said however being a loyal and obedient person, if former President Goodluck Jonathan is interested to contest again, Governor Bala Mohammed will have no option than not to contest the position.
Honorable Hamisu Shira therefore called on Nigerians to consider Governor Bala Mohammed as their next president in 2023 to enable them work out plans of addressing numerous challenges currently facing the country.