As permutations ahead of the 2023 elections gathers momentum, the leaders of the Pan-Arewa group, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) said Sunday that the north would mobilize and vote for a northerner in the next presidential election.
According to ACF, northern Nigerians will vote for a northerner and a presidential candidate to become a president of Nigeria irrespective of the party he belongs to.
The Acting Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), Musa Liman Kwande said, “I am expressing my opinion as a full pledged Northerner and a citizen of Nigeria and not that of ACF.
“Northern Nigerians who are tested and trusted should contest for any political office with anybody from any part in Nigeria and the people should exercise their democratic franchise to vote for their candidate of choice.”
Kwande said, ACF and Northern Elders Forum, (NEF) are all pressure groups striving for the development of northern Nigeria in particular and Nigeria in general, just like Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo and others in the South-South region.
Kwande who is the Baraden -generalismo- of Lafia in Nasarawa state, however, called on Northerners to strive towards developing the region by voting for people who are pro-development and not those who are self-centered.
He said, “Nigeria is our country, we must unite and develop it despite being from different geographical locations.
“We should not relent in the pursuit of growth and development as we are blessed with gifted people and many resources, and only Nigerians would develop the country to greater heights”, he added.
The acting ACF chairman however called on Nigerians to embrace peace and dialogue and denounce violence, which he said is against democratic norms and a treat to the federation.
He called on politicians to accept election result and be statesmen and the youth to avoid being used as political thugs.