- The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has said that the zone would not support the core north in 2023
- Pogu Bitrus, the national president of MBF, noted that it would also produce a presidential candidate in 2023
- Butrus further stated that the core north has sidelined the zone in political appointments
As the different zones are bracing up ahead of the 2023 general elections to produce the next president for the country, the national president, Middle Belt Forum (MBF), Pogu Bitrus, has said the presidential poll may not favour the northern region.
The Sun reports that Bitrus said the Middle Belt zone has decided to go its way and pick a presidential material that would protect its interest.
He said the decision has become necessary since according to him, the north is no longer monolithic because of alleged nepotism in government appointments between core north and not-too-far north of the country.
Bitrus made this known while speaking with journalists on the sideline of a meeting in Kaduna state, on Tuesday, November 3.
“I am in Kaduna for the middle Belt meeting. We deliberated on national issues, especially those that concern the Middle Belt. We discussed the issue of history, where we came from, the present political trends, other challenges and positions in the affairs of the nation. And having deliberated we have proffered solutions. We believe we should move the middle Belt forward.”
Commenting on the 2023 presidency, the Middle Belt leader said that over the years there had been a deliberate effort to stifle them from resources so that they don’t have economic giants among them.
Bitrus further stated:
“Ours has to do with mobilisation of the people. Talking of money politics, yes, we don’t have the money. Over the years, there had been a deliberate effort to stifle us from resources so that we don’t have economic giants among us.
When you look at the far north they have built people over the years, but of all northerners that have oil blocs, only one is from the Middle Belt. It is a sorry state. And yet over the years, the same military authority who did all these things came into positions through the efforts of the Middle Belt, but as of today, middle Belt has been left out of the economic equation of the north. We don’t have the resources but will continue to mobilise, we will continue to strike and one day we will get it right."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo insisted that it is bent on putting a president of southeast origin in Aso Rock in 2023.
It was reported that the pan-Igbo group made the statement through its overseas chairman, Nwachukwu Anakwenze.
Anakwenze told the national daily newspaper that the southeast is leaving no stone unturned in its bid to make an Igbo man president in the next three years.
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