By Charly Agwam – Bauchi
A northern youths group, APC Youth Progressives Forum of the All Progressives Congress has called on the flagbearer of the party, Bola Tinubu and all stakeholders to support a Tinubu/Dogara presidential ticket for 2023 general elections.
Speaking with journalists in Bauchi on Tuesday on behalf of the group, the National Chairman APC Youth Progressives Forum, Ukkasha Hamza Rahama said that it is important for APC to have a balanced ticket which it would take to the general elections to convince Nigerians to vote for it.
“The emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as our party candidate has opened another political discussion of a formidable running mate. To strike a balance, Tinubu and the leadership of the party should consider the choice of the 14th Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon.Yakubu Dogara as vice President.
“In a secular and multicultural country like Nigeria, it is a given that broad considerations should be made to accommodate all interest groups in leadership for equity and fairness not only to be done but be seen to have been done.
“This forms the basis of our decision to address this Press Conference to calm the nerves and draw the attention of our great Party to prioritise justice, fairness and equity to guide their selection of the vice presidential candidate,” he said.
He stated that the consideration of Dogara as a good material for Tinubu is due to his political wealth of experience as one of the outspoken legislators and the relationship he has built as the 14th Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“The subject of our consideration of Dogara as a good material for Tinubu is not ceded along his tribe nor his religion but his political wealth of experience as one of the outspoken legislators and built relationships as the 14th Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Though, religion has forced itself into the affairs of governance in Nigeria instead of credibility, competency and delivery hence the urgency to take it out of the business of the government.
“The choice of Yakubu Dogara as Vice President will send the party’s message across that it is not just for all Nigerians but that it is sensitive to the demand for equity by all sections of the country.
“Taking this position would further boost the chances of the party at the general elections as Christians from both the southern and northern parts of Nigeria would not feel allienated from the APC because of the VP factor while Muslims from all parts of the country would also have a sense of belonging in the party because of faith of the presidential candidate,” he added.