Written by Laraba Murey

2023: North will vote only a northern candidate –ACF scribe (Top ba

Over 3 years to the next presidential contest, the Acting chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Alhaji Musa Liman Kwande, has given the indication that northerners will vote for only a northerner presidential candidate.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to have completed his constitutional guaranteed two-term in office by 2023.

Speaking on Sunday in Lafia, Nasarawa state, Kwande stated that, “I am expressing my opinion as a full-fledged 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 of Nigeria and the people should exercise their democratic franchise to vote for their candidate of choice.”

According to him, the ACF and the 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 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, as only Nigerians would develop the country to greater heights.”

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.

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