Breaking: Badaru withdraws as northern APC governors back power shift to south

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Ahead of their party’s presidential primaries, 11 Governors and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to concede power to the South in 2023.

They asked Buhari to limit his search for a successor as the APC’s presidential candidate to the South.

They said power shift to the South will be in the interest of building a stronger, more united and more progressive country.

They advised all Northern presidential aspirants to withdraw in the national interest and allow only aspirants from the south to proceed to the primaries.

Based on their advisory, Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State has withdrawn from presidential race.

The Governors and leaders made their position known in a communique at the end of a meeting in Abuja.

The leaders, who sent an advisory to Buhari were Governors Nasir el-Rufai, Aminu Bello Masari, Simon Lalong, Abdullahi Ganduje, Muhammed Inuwa Yahaya, Bello Matawalle and Abubakar Sani Bello.

Others were Abdullahi Sule, Babagana Umara Zulum, Atiku Bagudu and ex-Governor Aliyu Wamakko.