APC Convention: Excluding me from the race, recipe for big trouble – Bello

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* accuses northern governors of gang up
• says APC will retain power if they play by the rules
Kogi State Governor, and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Yahaya Bello, has warned that any attempt by the party leadership to exclude him from participating in the Presidential primary is an invitation to a “Big trouble” in the party.
According to him, he is still in the race and he remains the candidate to beat in today’s primary election of the party.
Bello gave the warning Tuesday at the Presidential Villa Abuja after a meeting with President Muhammadu buhari.
Responding to questions from State House Correspondents that the party leadership has pruned down the name of the Presidential Aspirants to five, Bello declared that any attempt to prevent him from participating in the primary election will be resisted.
The Governor explained that he was in the Villa to brief the President on the true state of things concerning his decision to disassociate himself from the resolution of the Northern APC Governors Forum that power should shift to the South.
On the issue of power shift to the South and the pruning of aspirants to five, he said: “I am a free citizen and a qualified member of the party. I am contesting. I bought the form, was cleared to participate in the primary election and there is no reason for me to be excluded from the ballot. If they do so, then that is a recipe for a bigger trouble for the party.
“However, I don’t think it is a decision of the party. It is a decision of few elites who may decide to use their position to oppress the so called minority but I want to prove that in this country, I am not in the minority. I belong to the younger generation and Nigerians that are oppressed and are saying that their voice must be heard.”
Bello stressed that he will win today’s contest overwhelmingly, if the process is free and fair.
“I believe strongly that getting into that arena today, I will win overwhelmingly if the process and normal regulations are followed, I will merge victorious,” he added.
The Governor, who said he does not support power rotation, added that he was never consulted by his colleagues, the Northern Governors, before a decision was taken.
“I am a unifier, I have demonstrated that severally in my state and in carrying out various tasks that I was given by the party. So, nobody consulted me over the decision that power be shifted to the south and I would say they were enrolled by a certain interest that wants to be the Vice President at all costs.
“And I continue to oppose the issue of turn by turn presidency because the insecurity that is facing us today does not respect that. Every part of this country is faced with insecurity and wants prosperity and we want unity in this country, which is what I stand for. Who should be able to solve that problem is what should occupy our minds now, not rotational presidency,” he said.
He said he also came to explain to the president the viral video that showed him storming out of a meeting where his view was being suppressed.
Bello added that only President Buhari can prevail on him to stepdown his ambition adding that the President has not asked any aspirants to stepdown.

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