- Shettima Yerima, the national president of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) accuses the southeast region of allowing its people to threaten the unity of Nigeria
- The AYCF leader says the southeast zone cannot aspire to produce the president while threatening the peace of the country by calling for the disintegration of Nigeria
- Yerima urges the region to call its people to order and participate politically without threatening the unity of the country
Shettima Yerima, the national president of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has said the southeast region is not prepared to produce a Nigerian president in 2023.
Speaking in an interview with Vanguard newspaper, Yerima, said the unpreparedness of the southeast region for the presidency is obvious from the fact that the region has allowed its people to go about threatening the unity of Nigeria.
He said the southeast zone cannot aspire to produce the president while threatening the peace of the country by calling for the disintegration of Nigeria.
“You cannot continue to be threatening the unity of this country because time has come that you cannot threaten people because you want power, you need to lobby. You cannot look us in the face and abuse the sensibility of all Nigerians and undermine the government and now say because they are scared of you; this is primitive, who is afraid of you? He said.
Yerima urged the region to call its people to order and see the way they can also participate politically without threatening the unity of the country.
He said that was the only way the region can get the presidency on a platter of gold.
In another report, the governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, has said the speculated presidential ambition of the governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasiru El-Rufa’i and that of the APC leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu would not destabilise the party as many have feared.
He said APC would not have any problem in 2023 because President Buhari has laid a strong foundation through good governance.
Governor Buni also rejected the presidential rotation or zoning that many have been agitating for ahead of 2023.
He argued that restricting the presidency to a zone in 2023 will limit the choices of Nigerians during the poll.
Meanwhile, the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) says by 2023 the north will only support candidates with genuine commitment to deal with its problems and political will to meet the region’s aspirations.
This is contained in a statement by the convener of NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi in Zaria, Kaduna state on Sunday, February 9.
He said: “The forum has observed that political maneuvers around the 2023 elections are targeting the North as a region available for exploitation.
On national security, Abdullahi called for the injection of a higher level of competence, integrity and accountability in the manner Nigerian security agencies deal with security challenges.
Still on politics, a report by the Nation indicates that as part of its preparation ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has launched an initiative to reconcile its warring governors.
According to the report, also to be resolved are the disagreements among aggrieved chieftains across the country.
Top on the list of such feuds is that between governors of Rivers and Bayelsa, Nyesom Wike and Seriake Dickson.
Both governors had openly launched verbal attacks on each other via the media towards the end of 2019.
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