- Mixed reactions have trailed the move by some groups to bring former president Goodluck Jonathan back to power in 2023
- In a reaction, Arewa Consultative Forum said it will only support a candidate that will serve the interest of the north
- However, a Middle Belt youth leader, suggested that bringing in the former president is like trying to tarnish his reputation as a statesman
As the conversation on who takes the mantle of leadership from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 gets more momentum, massive political reactions have continued to trail the call for former president Goodluck Jonathan to return to power.
In a reaction, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), the apex socio-political group in the north, said it will wait for the political parties to choose their candidates.
Although it maintained that it is apolitical, the forum said it would throw its weight behind any candidate based on the interest of the north.
On its own part, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) stated that it will always recognise the fact that the constitution gives every Nigerian the right to contest so far they are qualified.
Speaking through its spokesperson Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the forum said:
“The north, over the years, is paying a huge price for wrong choices, even if the motives of many voters were sincere.”
NEF also said it will advise northerners not to be "stampeded or blackmailed" into backing agenda that will not serve the interests of the entire north region.
Meanwhile, a former Middle Belt Youth (MBY) leader and secretary of Christian Youth of Nigeria, Comrade John Pofi, stated that those urging the former president to contest the 2023 presidency are trying to make a mess of him.
According to him, Jonathan will earn the respect of the country as an elder statesman instead of another political party's candidate in the 2023 general election.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that there is a bipartisan move by some groups in northern Nigeria to return Jonathan to power.
The report which was exclusively carried by the Vanguard newspaper claimed that northern establishments see Jonathan as a comfortable ally after President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight years.
The groups in the region believe that if Jonathan becomes president, northern interest will benefit and are now trying to build the momentum to return him as president.
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