Original Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, had on Saturday, May 22, said that he is not desperate in becoming the vice president to any of the aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections.
Mr Zulum’s name has severally been mentioned in various political permutations as a potential running mate to any of the APC Presidential aspirants from the southern part of Nigeria.
The first term Borno governor had earned the admiration of many Nigerians due to his widely publicised achievements, especially on mainstream and social media, how he has been managing the humanitarian crisis in the state.
Mr Zulum reacted to issue for the first time when he hosted former minister of transportation, Chibuike Amaechi who was in Borno state to meet with the state delegates ahead of the May 29 Primary elections of the APC.
Governor Zulum who commended the “impressive” credentials of Mr Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers state, said by his principle, he doesn’t endorse any aspirant because of his believe that it is God that gives and denies power.”
He said as a leader in Borko state he would always work with any leader that God favors to become the next President of Nigeria.
Mr Zulum said he had kept an open mind in receiving all the visiting presidential aspirants of APC because he does not have any particular ambition, for now, other than his current job.
“To me power belongs to God who owns all Powers,” Mr Zulum said.
“Many aspirants have come to us and many more would come but my prayers and wish is that Nigeria should always get a new president. I can’t mention the name of any particular or preferred person.”
He said Nigeria has suffered so much underdevelopment “because the leaders have abandoned downtrodden people.”
“Unless we honestly address the issue of corruption in Nigeria, we will never get it right as a nation,” he said.
Reiterating the earlier message of Mr Amaechi, Governor Zulum said the “people of Borno state are going to use their conscience in voting for the deserving candidate. This is very important because we have to weigh all options.
“I want everyone here and the people of Borno state to know that I have only one ambition which is to see that Borno state regains its lost glory. I am not begging anybody for the position of the Vice President of the federation. God gives power to whom he wants and when it comes, nobody can say no.”
Chief Amaechi who visited Maiduguri alongside Senator Ali Ndume, Senator Ayogu Eze, the former chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, and a host of other officials, informed the delegates that when given the party’s nomination as candidate for the presidential election, he would work hard to fix the issue of security, agriculture, fix the railway lines, improve electricity and revisit the issue of oil exploration in the northeast.