- South west leaders have been warned against imposing President Buhari on the country by Arewa Youth Consultative Forum
- The group said youths would no longer tolerate that kind of “imposition that has brought the nation’s economy to its knees
- Going further, the group said false hopes by the Buhari led administration was an insult on the sensibilities of Nigerians
Ahead of 2019 general elections, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has cautioned the south west geo-political zone against dictating to it who to present as presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, The Guardian reports.
National president of AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, who disclosed this vowed that the north would resist what he described as the “antics of some political figures in the South West to determine, like it successfully did in 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari was imposed as candidate of the region despite better available options.”
“We have noticed that gradually Nigeria is being pushed back to the political scenario of 2015 where the South west dominated the decision- making process on who should be the nation’s president and the region out of modesty, merely allowed that historic imposition.
"But we have come to realise the fact that the first four years of the Buhari administration are replete with poverty, hunger, unemployment, general under-development and disturbing levels of stagnation,” he said.
Going further, he added that: “Imposition that has brought the nation’s economy to its knees and all we now get is empty propaganda instead of performance.”
"Even though the consensus is that power should reside in the North in 2019, we make bold to say no one should dare try to teleguide the region and its people this time around.
“Northerners have a right to their democratic aspirations and choice of a president. No one should try to usurp that constitutional power through the backdoor.
“We want to make it very clear that the era of imposition of anyone on the North is gone. We are watching, and very closely too, the turn of events on Nigeria’s democratic space at the moment. We won’t take any form of manipulation by people who know little or nothing about the kind of leadership the people of the north wants,” he said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that there was a bit of drama as supporters of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and President Muhammadu Buhari met at the Ilorin International Airport, Kwara state on Sunday, August 19.
The supporters of Saraki were reportedly at the airport to welcome the Senate president, while supporters of Buhari were there to welcome Kwara state governorship aspirant, Moddibo Kawu, and a Labour Party governorship aspirant in the state, Issa Aremu.
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