Sunday, 14 October 2018

2019: We won’t endorse Buhari or Atiku for 2019 presidency


- The Arewa Consultative Forum said it will not endorse any presidential candidate for the 2019 elections - The northern group said it will only enlighten the electorate about the qualities to look for in the candidates and make their choice - It noted that there are other candidates from north that can be voted for apart from President Buhari and former VP Atiku The Arewa Consultative Forum has said it is not in a hurry to endorse either President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, or the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, ahead of the 2019 presidential election. The secretary -general of the ACF, Anthony Sani, in an interview with The Punch, stated that the northern body was of the view that there were other presidential candidates of northern extraction from other political parties who might need endorsement too. According to Sani, the forum cannot afford to ignore the other candidates at the expense of Buhari or Atiku. 



He noted that the emergence of both candidates from the northern region was heartening, adding that it would make irrelevant the age-old politics of identity. The ACF secretary said this would pave the way for “real issues of genuine concern to ordinary Nigerians.” He said: “Though Atiku and Buhari have emerged as presidential candidates of the two main political parties, it is important to note that there are other presidential candidates of northern extraction in some other political parties who cannot be ignored. Unlike the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, which planned to endorse a yet unidentified candidate, Sani insisted that it was not practicable for the forum to endorse the candidate of a political party. He said: “What the ACF does is to enlighten the electorate about the qualities to look for in candidates who can provide purposeful and effective leadership. “It will further enlighten the public about the party manifestos that can deliver on what most northerners share. “In the case of the incumbent president, the performance of the administration by way of fair and realistic assessment of progress against plans by the government for the purpose of informed judgment on election day is expected to form part of the enlightenment of voters.” 

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