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Bauchi governor meets Atiku in Dubai as 2023 permutations begin

It has been reported that a meeting between two political heavyweights from the northeast has sparked speculations – Governor Bala Mohammed visited Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in Dubai recently

It was said that the Political watchers say the meeting might not be unconnected with the duo’s ambition as far as the 2023 election is concerned.

Bauchi state governor, Senator Bala Mohammed paid a visit to Nigeria’s former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar this past weekend sparking speculations on the meeting between the duo. Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, spends more of his time in his Dubai mansion these days prompting many of his associates in Nigeria to fly-out to the Arab nation to confer with him.

Former VP Atiku is one of those reportedly gearing up to contest the 2023 presidential contest.

But, the governor was accompanied on the visit by the Bauchi state PDP chairman and former SSG, Barrister Ahmad Ibrahim Dandija. With Dandija part of the meeting, speculations that the topic was solely on the 2023 general elections has surfaced on social media.

Interestingly, the meeting was held days after an influential group in the north, Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF), disclosed the names of politicians they are considering to support for the number one seat in 2023.

Governor Mohammed and Atiku were named in the list after the group declared that it would only consider candidates from the northeast. It is not clear if Governor Mohammed is interested in the presidential contest in 2023, as he is still serving his first term as Bauchi state governor.

Meanwhile, a former governor of Kano state and current chairman, Senate Committee on Independent Electoral Commission, Senator Kabiru Gaya has declared that it is the turn of the southern region of the country to produce the next president of Nigeria. The Kano south senator said that with the completion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight-year tenure in 2023, it would be unfair for the north to vie for the nation’s number one position again.

Meanwhile, the new leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said that its main priority is to produce a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023. The newly elected spokesman of the foremost Igbo socio-cultural group, Alex Ogbonna, made this known during an interview with a national newspaper. Osinbajo, Atiku, Tinubu: Nigerians speak on who becomes next president.

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