Kogi State Yahaya Bello has said any attempt by the party leadership to exclude him from participating in the Presidential primary is an invitation to a ‘Big trouble’ in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said this after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
Bello is one of the presidential aspirants of the APC.
The APC governors from the north had resolved that power should shift to the south, and Governor Bello disassociated himself from the resolution.
During the meeting of Northern governors where they insisted on zoning the party’s presidential seat to the South, the Kogi state governor walked out.
Responding to questions from State House correspondents that the party leadership has pruned down the name of the Presidential Aspirants to five, Governor Bello said an attempt to prevent him from participating in the primary election will be resisted.
He said 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.
He said all the 13 Governors from the region ganged up against him because of their vested interests.
When asked if the current travails of the party will not harm its chances during the 2023 general elections, Bello said the party will only retain power at the centre if it plays by the rule.
He however says only President Muhammadu Buhari can prevail on him to step down from his ambition adding that the President has not asked any aspirants to step down.
Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello is among the 23 presidential aspirants of the APC cleared to contest the primary of the party.