Northern elders endorse Buhari, say PDP unfair to region

The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) on Thursday said it would support APC Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, in the forthcoming general elections.

Ango Abdullahi, the spokesman of the forum, said this at a news conference in Zaria, Kaduna state, on Thursday.

He said the measure became necessary due to the “unfair and unjust manner” the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had treated the region.

“In 2011, some people including some governors supported the incumbent president to contest; it is a disrespect for the party’s constitution and in 2015, they present 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 Progressives 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 of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Abdullahi said the PDP had not only denied its zoning agreement as enshrined in its constitution but had succeeded in dividing the country based on sentiments.

“This 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, Northern Elders Forum will not support PDP in the forthcoming elections,” he said.

The spokesman dismissed fears that the forthcoming elections may lead to the disintegration of the country.

“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 had 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,” Abdullahi said. (NAN)

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility


Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: New Discovery! Click Here To See A Miracle Device That Can Cure DIABETES, BLOOD PRESSURE, STROKE, ARTHRITIS, PAINS, OBESITY And 50 Other CHRONIC DISEASES Without Drugs Or Herbs.. Click Here Now To See It

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.