Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has given reasons why his Kogi State counterpart, Governor Yahya Bello, did not attend the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.
Addressing journalists, el-Rufai said 13 of the 19 APC governors from the north agreed that the party’s presidential ticket be zoned to the south.
The Kaduna governor, however, said Bello, who is an APC presidential hopeful, decided not to attend the meeting.
According to el-Rufai, the Kogi governor is against the decision of his colleagues on zoning the presidential ticket to the south.
He said, “The governor of Kogi state chose to excuse himself from meeting with Mr. President because he believes that he does not agree with our position.
“There are 14 APC governors out of the 19 northern states. Thirteen of us are on one page on this subject and we all came to see the president. But the governor of Kogi state excused himself, and it is within his democratic rights to excuse himself.”
Meanwhile, in his remarks, the chairman of the progressive governors’ forum, Atiku Bagudu, said it will be in the interest of peace to zone the presidential ticket to the south.