2023 Presidency: We Are Fully Behind Power Shift To South, Says Arewa Group


*scores  Prof. Ayade high as preferred candidate 

By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna

Northern based group, Arewa People’s Democratic Coalition (APDC) has backed the idea of power shift to the South with a focus on a leader with clear vision and record of performance holding public office within the last ten years .
The group  said part of  it’s decision to support power shift to the south is to send a strong message to the North that it has failed Nigerians and  know that the current political tension stirred up by security challenges and power tussle can only fissile out, when the highly coveted seat of  President returns to the South 
According to the group, the current challenges facing Nigeria need a leader from the South ,who is also intellectually sound with the requisite capacity to handle challenges of  security , economy and  other problems militating growth and development .
The group in a press statement signed by  the Coordinator,  Comrade Mohammed Bagudu said, “The only person that has all the leadership qualities mentioned earlier is the current  Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade .
The Statement further stated , ” We have held series of meetings with our friends from the South-west, South-east and South-South over the preferred candidate from the entire South and resolved to support the candidate that is selfless, Detribalised and committed to unity and progress of Nigeria .
“Our research team worked on three candidates and  Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade emerged the preferred candidate with 70 per cent  aggregate score above others, hence our decision to give him absolute support to emerge as Nigeria’s President come 2023.
“One of the projects that scored him high was the fact that he’s the only Governor , who thought of  constructing a Super Highway to  the entire Eastern region a feat worthy of commendation .
“The former Federal lawmaker has demonstrated his passion to work hard and diminish all factors militating against  peace and unity of citizens as well as residents of Cross River State .
“Our Northern brothers in Cross River gave good account and recommendation of how Prof.Ayade provided adequate security for them and employment opportunities across board without sentiments .
“We therefore, urge all Nigerians to rise up and give consideration to a President  who is young , vibrant and focused .Most especially a tested leader .”


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