Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello has said he remains the leading candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and will only step down if President Muhammadu Buhari asks him to.
Bello, who is one of the 23 aspirants cleared to contest for the party’s presidential ticket, alleged there is a conspiracy against him by some Northern APC Governors and elites.
The Governor described himself as a leading aspirant that would win overwhelmingly if the process is transparent and credible.
He warned any decision to exclude him from the ballot is a recipe for bigger trouble for the party.
Bello, who spoke to State House Correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said that the APC will retain power at the centre if only it plays by the rules.
“Getting into the arena today, I will win overwhelmingly if the process is credible,” he said with self-assurance.
He said there was no need for him to be excluded in the primary, claiming that he represents the youths and the downtrodden.
Bello said northern APC Governors did not consult him when they took the decision that power should shift to the south, stating it was not binding on him.
He reiterated his opposition to rotational presidency, saying that it doesn’t give room for the emergence of a competent person to pilot the affairs of the country.
He said the visit to the President was to clear the air on his actions.