- The Arewa Consultative Forum says only it can decide the fate of President Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 presidential elections
- The northern group said it was too early to decide whether they are supporting Buhari or not
- Its national chairman said the group is waiting for the political parties to nominate their candidates before it will speak
The apex northern socio-cultural organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has disclosed that as the umbrella body of all non-governmental groups in the northern region, only it can decide the fate of President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s presidential elections.
The group also said all those speaking on the performance of the president and his chances were on their own. This was made known by the ACF national chairman, in an exclusive interview with New Telegraph from his base in Katsina.
He said Nigerians should wait for the voice of the ACF, insisting that all those speaking “are on their own.”
His words: “In 2015, I was the champion of the whole process. We said that leadership must come back to the north and we said that any party that nominated a northerner, we would support the person and the party. Then APC nominated President Buhari and then I came out to say that we would support him and we did support him."
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The former Inspector General of Police noted that they are waiting for the political parties to nominate their candidates before ACF will speak and give direction to the north on which way to go.
“So, it is now left for him and his political party. So, let us wait and see. Because until his political party decides to give him the ticket or not, it is too early to say what will happen or not. If his party decides to renominate him, then we can talk,” he added.
Reacting to the vote of no confidence passed on the president by some northern groups, the ACF chairman said: “Those groups are on their own, and that is why ACF issued a rejoinder to that effect. So, ACF is standing by that rejoinder.”
He also questioned why they should rate the president low and question his chances, saying, “for what are they, the Alpha and Omega? ACF is the Umbrella organisation of all northern groups and organisations. So, you have to wait until ACF talks.
“Even though it is too early for me to comment on President Buhari’s re-election bid, let me say that it is his constitutional right to contest for the presidency of this country just like he did in 2015.
“He has the right to contest and nobody can stop him. If you remember, former President Olusegun Obasanjo tried to stop him and we said it was wrong for Obasanjo to stop him and he should not. Let us leave the man to decide for himself and he has now decided that he wants to contest.
“In 2015, it was after the APC gave him the ticket that we came out to talk. And we decided to support him. But for now, the time is too early.”
Meanwhile, a youth movement under the aegis of Jagaban Movement, has thrown its weight behind the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com by its national coordinator, Bashir Adegboyega, the group said the president's re-election bid tilted towards the path of a safer tomorrow and massive employment of human and non-human resources in Nigeria.
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