Saying this at the “Second Annual GYB Seminar for Nigerian Political and Crime Correspondents” in Abuja, Bello said he would consider women if given the go-ahead to choose his running mate.
The governor said he was committed to running an inclusive government that includes women, youth and people with disabilities as he did in Kogi, ensuring that no one is left behind.
“If I am given the opportunity, if my political party gives me the opportunity and the free hand to choose who will run with me, come 2023, surely I will not leave my mother’s constituency, which is women.
“I assure you that if you ever give me that opportunity, I will want to have the first female vice president starting in 2023,” he said.
He said that his administration as governor of Kogi raised 2,000 millionaires and stressed that, if elected president, he would lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
“In my presidential statement speech, I promised that I would build on what Mr. President promised to ensure that as many as 100 million Nigerians are lifted out of poverty by 2030.
“The question will be, ‘what have you done in Kogi state, how many millionaires have you made?’
“I will tell you that within the limit of our resources, coupled with various challenges and demands on our resources, we have been able to make no less than 2,000 millionaires in Kogi State, in this short period.
“Our government created an enabling environment where if you have N1 million, you should be able to turn it around and multiply it.”
He said his achievement so far would see him win the party’s ticket, regardless of the method adopted to select the candidate.
According to him, his party will still produce the next president of Nigeria, APC is very strategic.
“Forget about zoning or not zoning; it is about who is the leader and who will arm the party.
“The party knows the body language of the nation. APC knows the clamor for a young president who builds on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The party knows who will change the fate of this country.
“If consensus is going to be the option, so be it. Whether primary direct or indirect, Yahaya Bello is the man to beat.
“We must get rid of the feelings, it is time to close the religious gap and cement the relationship,” he said.
Bello said that he was the man who would champion a new Nigeria where feelings no longer mattered.
“We want to make sure that the language you speak, your religion and where you come from don’t matter again in our presidency,” he said.
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