— Babachir Lawal, a former secretary to the Nigerian government, has asked Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo not to expect the All Progressives Congress to give him preferential treatment in the 2023 presidential election.
— He believes that the constitution did not limit the presidency to any part of the country, and even himself could be the next president.
Babachir Lawal is a former secretary to the Nigerian government, as well a long-time associate of president Muhammadu Buhari has released a statement that the APC did not promise the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo its presidential ticket, and that no law demands the APC to give the vice-president a preferential treatment.
According to him, favoring the VP is not in the constitution, so it is not a principle. He made this known while speaking against the zoning formula in an interview on Saturday.
In his words, “Principle of what? It is not in APC constitution, it is not in the national constitution, it is not in the Bible, I don’t know whether it is in the Koran; I don’t know. So, I don’t see how it became a principle.”
While addressing the issue of zoning the 2023 presidency outside the north. Mr Lawal said he does not oppose southerners vying for the office, but neither should any interested northerner be disqualified as a consequence. He believes that the constitution did not limit the presidency to any part of the country.
“Every part of Nigeria can produce a president, a competent one.
“Being a cosmopolitan man, I know Igbos not less than 10 that can successfully run this country.
“I know Yorubas that can do, I know Ijaws that can do, I know Hausas that can do, I know even Kilba.
“Hey myself, my friend, I can be president of this country. I consider myself quite competent to do so from a small tribe of 300,000 people. There are so many such tribes that can produce good, competent leaders all over Nigeria.
“Even if it is in the north, if we say the north-west has produced a presidential candidate, the south-west had produced one, I don’t see why the north-central cannot produce or the north-east cannot produce just as south-south, south-east, south-west and even north-west can still produce. The constitution doesn’t say it is prohibited. And as I said, I believe every zone, every state, has capable people that can run this country effectively,” he mentioned.