The Speakers of the Kogi State House of Assembly has sealed a deal with his Ebonyi counterpart that will see their governors flying the presidential and Vice Presidential ticket in 2023 respectively.
The two state Assembly Speakers, have endorsed their respective governors for the post of president and vice-president in the 2023 presidential election.
This was the subject of their discussion on Monday when Kogi Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole visited Ebonyi state Assembly.
Kogi Speaker, Kolawole who was escorted by seven members of the Kogi State House of Assembly said that the Northwest geopolitical zone alongside the Southeast were the most marginalized in the country and hence the need for synergy.
While applauding the recent defection of Governor Dave Umahi to the APC, he said: “Your people will benefit more. We in Kogi House have a robust relationship with the executive arm. For best functionality you need cordiality with other arms. Our governor is the youngest and doing well, including in the area of security. We have borders with nine states.
“We have passed a vote of confidence on him. We went further to look at the geopolitical zone in the country. We passed the resolution that our governor should be the first to contest the presidency in 2023”.
He thus asserted that a match of Bello as President and Umahi as Vice President would be beneficial in building on the successes of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Responding to their plea, the Speaker of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Francis Nwifuruwho agreed to the deal, however appealed for a mutually beneficially arrangement that would see Umahi at the top of the ticket; if the presidency is zoned to the Southeast.
He said: “I appeal that if the party zones the presidential position to the South-East zone, the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi should be supported to rule the country, while Governor Bello can still be supported to be his Vice President.”