Northern socio-cultural organisation,Arewa Consultative Forum(ACF), has revealed that, it will not support incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari,Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar,and other presidential candidates in 2019 general elections.
Alhaji Musa Liman,ACF Acting chairman, who stated this when presidential candidate of People’s Trust,Mr.Gbenga Olawepo Hashim, visited the forum’s headquarters in Kaduna, said all the presidential candidates can only get the blessings from them but not endorsement.
Liman explained :”In our non- partisan disposition, we do not align ourselves to any individual or political party. Rather,we strive to weigh the scale on what is good for the North in particular, and the overall good of the Nation”
“I understand that,you have availed yourselve to contest for the office of the President of the federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019,under the platform of the People’s Trust(PT). I feel quite enthused to acknowledge the emergence of new breed politicians like your humble self vying for the various elective offices in our nascent democratic dispensation which,by and large has the potential to engender healthy political process as we strive to consolidate on the achievements recorded so far”
As you are quite aware, Nigeria’s political and democratic terrain, at this moment in time, is fraught with negative underpinning that we must all as citizens and political actors cultivate the will and courage to free our country from all that we see could militate against its progress and development in all ramifications.We are not supporting any presidential candidate in 2019, because about four or five candidates are from the north”
“ACF appeals to you leaders of your various political parties to ensure that you live by the letters and spirit of the Abuja Peace Accord put up by the National Peace Committee under the former Head of State,Gen.Abdulsalam Abubakar,GCFR,which you all signed and pledge to uphold. We expect you to run issued-based campaign and refrain from all forms of incitements,be it religious, tribal or ethnic both by yourselves and all agents acting for or on your behalf. We urge you to seriously commit yourselves and your political parties to peaceful campaign and strict adherence to the peace Accord”
ACF warned :”As you are fully aware previous elections were marred by violence caused by the behavior of some members of political parties and their supporters,we cannot afford to have a repeat of such in 2019. In this respect, we appeal to the police and other security agencies involved in ensuring peaceful election to live above board and maintain neutrality in the performance of their assignments ”
We equally call on INEC to be an impartial umpire in the conduct of the 2019 general elections and ensure that a fair level playing ground is provided to all political parties and their candidates ” ACF said.
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