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2023: We’re not reserving presidency for any area — Northern elders

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The Northern Elders Discussion board, NEF, has acknowledged that the northern a part of the nation is just not reserving the presidency for different areas within the February 25 presidential election.

The group’s convener, Professor Ango Abdullahi, who famous this on Wednesday on the event of the Northern Elders Normal Meeting in Abuja, claimed that the North nonetheless has an excellent of 4 years to rule with a view to equate the southern a part of Nigeria.

“The North has paid its dues, if there may be any a part of this nation that has made sacrifices for the unity of this nation, there isn’t a different part of the nation that has contributed as a lot as Northern Nigeria.

“The difficulty shouldn’t have been that we aren’t certified or don’t have any proper to contest, and positively, that is why we’re saying now that the difficulty in Nigeria political house have to be based mostly solely on democratic tenets.”

Talking additional, he mentioned: “the structure may be very clear that I can contest 20 occasions and in addition lose 20 occasions, however nothing ought to cease me from contesting elections, however when it comes to ‘do me I do you’, rub my again and I rub yours, the North has rubbed extra backs than its being rubbed.

“Obasanjo couldn’t get 10,000 votes in entrance of his home, I advised the newsmen that all the time spoke to him rudely that he’ll change into Nigeria president with the Northern votes and he did, we received paid again one way or the other, it was not appreciated as such. The North voted Abiola to defeat Tofa, in my sitting room. All these are sacrifices being made by northerners.

“Speaking concerning the years in energy since 1999 until date, Obasanjo dominated for 8 years, Jonathan dominated for six years which is 14 years, Ya’ardua did simply 2 years whereas Buhari is doing 8 which is 10 years,” he mentioned.

Additionally in his welcome tackle, the Labour Occasion, LP, Vice Presidential Candidate, Yusuf Datti Ahmed, puzzled “why ought to individuals who stole public funds be given energy?”

He mentioned: “the place you see the issue, we see the answer, we’ve got already seen it. The bandits, the terrorists, and armed robbers aren’t extra formidable than constituted authorities. Our historical past and data have proven that we had been in a position to create wealth, we didn’t derive cash from the federal government. And logically talking, we all know tips on how to transfer Nigeria from consumption to manufacturing.”