LEADER of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, has said that the North is supporting the Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Muhamadu Buhari in next month’s presidential elections, the Guardian reports.
Prof. Ango Abdullahi condemned the Jonathan administration for the ill treatment of the north, saying that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has failed in the numbers of years it has been in power to transform the country and provide the needed governance.
The Northern leader made this statement at a news briefing in Zaria, Kaduna State where he stated that failure to back PDP was due to the “unfair and unjust manner”, the party had treated the region.
“In 2011, some people, including some governors, sided the incumbent president to contest. It was a disrespect for the party’s constitution, and in 2015, they brought him as a sole candidate.
“This forum is agitating for a candidate from the North and no party has fulfilled such condition except the All Progressive Congress (APC),” he said.
He said that as a founding member of the PDP, he was in a better position to give account of what transpired before the election that brought President Goodluck Jonathan to office.
Abdullahi argued that the PDP has not only disregarded its zoning agreement as enshrined in its constitution, but has succeeded in dividing the country based on sentiments.
According to him, the PDP constitution “hinges on fairness, equity and justice to all and that was what made PDP the greatest and biggest party then. Therefore, I am in a better position to give account of the party, and zoning is part of the party’s constitution and must be obeyed. In view of this, the Northern Elders Forum will not support PDP in the forthcoming elections,” he insisted.
Abdullahi also accused President Jonathan of giving priority to his area more than other parts of the country, saying that the president has allocated N639 billion worth of contracts to his geo-political zone in 2015 fiscal year “which is greater than the amount allocated to other five geo-political zones put together”.
He added: “Jonathan’s campaign has been ethnically and religiously divisive. Therefore, it is high time for Nigerians to make the right choice because poor leadership has ruined the country”.
The NEF spokesperson dismissed fears that the forthcoming election may lead to the disintegration of the country, saying: “I do not see any reason why Nigeria should break up, based on the indicators available at hand. Remember, there are a few selfish Nigerians who have stolen and siphoned Nigeria’s money, and they would not want us to live together. But from all indications, majority of Nigerians want to live together in peace”.