Few days to the Presidential election, a chieftain of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Muhammad Alhaji Yakubu has said that Prof Ango Abdullahi, Alhaji Sani Zangon Daura and other Northern elders have directed that Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is the candidate of the North.
Speaking at a press conference in Kaduna on Monday, Alhaji Yakubu who is the National Assistant Auditor of the ACF said among all the Presidential candidates, they observed that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is the only one who has the capacity and competence to rule Nigeria..
According to the ACF chieftain, “ACF came to being as a result of certain happenings in the country. The emergence of ACF is to protect the Northern interest and so far, so good as we head to the polls in a couple of days, our elders, leaders in the likes of Alhaji Sani Zango Daura(the Danmasanin Daura) has given us a direction. Atiku is the candidate of the north and that is the direction we are going to follow. “
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“And that’s the candidates majority of northerners are going to vote for. So, this is one of the reason that I called for the press conference and if there are other issues you guys want clarification, I am ready to give you answers .”
Commenting on whether ACF supported his position, he said, “Of course, ACF is established to protect the interest of the north and where is Atiku from? And let me give you a background story. If you have been following the ACF history, you will discover that at each point in time that the county is at crossroads, ACF and the north usually come to stabilize the country.
“The north supported Obasanjo and he won; the north supported former President Goodluck Jonathan and Jonathan won. Each time the North support anybody, not because that person is from the north. The north usually consider capacity and competence and integrity. These are the factors the north used to consider. “
“The north is supporting Atiku not because Atiku is from the north. No, it’s because at this point in time, among the candidates we have now, it’s Atiku that has the capacity, the competence and the integrity and the reach out across the country”.