The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar has been called on by the Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed to step down for him in the 2023 race.
According to Mohammed, he has the wealth of knowledge to rule Nigeria if he emerges as President of the country in 2023.
Mohammed stated this while speaking on Channels TV on Sunday.
The Bauchi State Governor when asked if he would step down for Atiku who has also expressed his intention to contest, Bala said: “why can’t Atiku step down for me”.
He noted that he would only drop his ambition if former president Goodluck Jonathan decides to contest in the 2023 race.
Mohammed further stated that he is young, strong, and agile to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of his tenure in 2023.
He said, “I’m more prepared to run for the first seat under the platform of the PDP. I’m strong and agile. I’ve built bridges and I’ve goodwill across the country.
“The only thing that will make me step down for anybody is when Nigerians or party leaders reject me.”
He added that if the presidential primary in the PDP is made to be north versus south affairs, it would not be healthy for the main opposition party ahead of the forthcoming election.
Mohammed noted that if the party gives him the ticket, he would get the support of his friends in the south.
He, however, stated that the recent endorsement of his presidential ambition by the Northern Elders Forum does not stop anyone from contesting the race.
This article was originally published on Nigeria News