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President Buhari must earn north’s endorsement for 2019 – Ango Abdullahi

President Buhari must earn north’s endorsement for 2019 – Ango Abdullahi

- Abdullahi says President Buhari needs to convince the north with his performance

- He claimed that the president has not met with the expectations of his supporters

- He noted that President Buhari has been leader to all and not the north

Professor Ango Abdullahi, the national chairman of Northern Nigeria Union (NNU), has said President Muhammad Buhari must earn north’s endorsement for re-election in 2019.

Abdullahi said the only way President Buhari can do this is through his performance in his first term.

Leadership reports that Professor Abdullahi said the issue of unity in a country like Nigeria could not be a settled matter.

On Buhari’s candidacy, he said: “Well, do not expect that the fact that Buhari is of northern extraction will automatically translate to satisfying every aspiration or yearning of every nook and cranny of Northern Nigeria.

“In any case, he was not elected exclusively by northerners; he was elected by all Nigerians irrespective of the number of votes he got in different parts of the country.

“The election was one to elect the President of Nigeria and this is what has happened regardless of how we feel in other parts of the country.”

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He added: “A few days ago, I was arguing about the issue of marginalisation in my interview with Biafra Radio, Germany. People should expect rewards from vote they have cast. Of course, 81 per cent of Buhari’s votes came from the north.

“So, we should expect 81 per cent of all shares of government to come to us, but that’s not being realistic. That’s not what our constitution also says. So, the president, I think, has done extremely well in terms of his outreach to all parts of Nigeria irrespective of the votes he got in the last election.

“We may complain a little bit, some of us in the north. That’s legitimate politics. He himself admitted, I think, today (yesterday) that some party supporters that were expecting rewards for their support have not realised their aspirations.

“He was aware of this, but I think that he has kept to the promise of he is the president of Nigeria. He belongs to all Nigerians. So, we take it that he doesn’t belong to the north or any particular person; he belongs to no one,” he said.

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Abdullahi said Buhari has demonstrated that he is the president of Nigeria and will serve in the best interest of the whole country.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Professor Abdullahi had previously said President Muhammadu Buhari should not expect an automatic ticket for 2019.

Although President Buhari has not made his intentions for the 2019 presidency public but there has been speculation that he may seek re-election.

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