By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Bauchi State governor, Bala Muhammed has disclosed that the zoning of Presidency to the South by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), posed no threat to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The governor stated this in Abeokuta, Ogun State when he visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday.
Muhammed said the PDP would continue to strategize to rescue Nigeria from the present situation she found herself.
He said: “The zoning of Presidency to the South by the APC is not a threat to the PDP, because each party is trying to strategize, to plan and organise. If they zone to the South, it is open to us to see how it is going to give us more electoral victory or if we put it to the North it will give us more electoral victory.
“This is the kind of things we are doing; the leg works, the permutations and so and so forth. So that, at least, what ever we are going to do will give us and provide for Nigerians to choose between the best alternatives.”
He explained his mission to the former President, stressing the relationship between them and the issue PDP were basically the essence.
“We know that Baba is non-partisan, we know he’s an elder statesman per excellence. But, we are rebuilding our party to remove rancour, division and what-have-you. So, we still need him, because his words of wisdom are always very useful.
“So, I have come to sound his opinion on some of the things going on in the party, to close ranks and make sure that we provide Nigerians with the opportunity to rescue the country, from the present division going around which we have found ourselves,” he said.
On his chances of getting the party’s presidential ticket to contest the 2023 election, Muhammed expressed optimis.
“To me, Presidency is a consensus; a stakeholder and a statesmanship, its responsibilities. Of course, every Nigerian should try to contribute his or her quota to the growth and development of the nation.
“More so, when leadership recruitment should be based on merit, should be based on making sure that, we bring everybody on board and should not be based on manifestation of separatist, which are the instruments and the disgruntlement feelings that are capable of dividing us further.
“Nigeria is too large and too important to be ignored. Some of us have benefited so much. It is not about me and my expression, but about the country,,” he noted.