Kogi Governor has argued the North-Central region deserves to produce the next President than the Southeast region.
Bello spoke with State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
He said the North-Central had suffered exclusion from presidential opportunities more than any region since 1999.
Bello was reacting to the position of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide that zoning the presidency to the Southeast will remain a fundamental ingredient for national unity.
He said: “Well if you’re talking of the south-east then you will equally talk of north-central not only since 1999 but since 1960. So, what do you say of North-Central both the president and vice president?
“So put the situation of Southeast and that of North-Central side by side, then who is more disadvantaged in terms of the position of presidency both presidents and vice presidents?
“So, if you put both sides together, then let’s do justice. And whichever way you look at it, I’m eminently qualified.”
On who he thinks should take over from Buhari in 2023, Bello said: “Mr. President would want a vibrant, experienced, energetic, patriotic Nigerian to take over from him and in all of the qualities that Nigerians are yearning, or looking for today, I possess all of these qualities by the special grace of God.