- The South-West Development Frontier former has advised Atiku Abubakar to shelve his presidential ambition in 2023
- According to Olufemi Osabinu, the convener of the group, the north cannot retain the presidency after President Buhari’s 8-year tenure
- The group explained that with the age of the former vice president it will be a mismatch of national priorities to support his quest
Vanguard reports that the South-West Development Frontier (SDF) made the reuqest on Monday, February 14, saying the north cannot retain the presidency after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure of eight years.
Olufemi Osabinu, the convener of the group, said Atiku has served the nation and should create room for a young and energetic candidate who is committed to finding lasting solutions to national challenges, The Cable added.
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Power should shift to the south
Osabinu, speaking in Lagos, during a protest, also noted that those canvassing for Atiku's presidency are trying to perpetuate injustice, which is against the unity of the country.
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He went on to note that Nigerians should be allowed to elect a leader who can stabilise the polity and move Nigeria forward from where the current administrations will hand over.
The socio-political group also added that power needs to shift to the south to show good faith and help to heal the “old wounds” of the nation.
“Furthermore, we make a clear and undiluted call on former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to give second thoughts to his desire to contest for the office of president in the elections again in 2023. While Alhaji Abubakar has served the nation with distinction, as evidenced in the fact that we have been his supporters for years, it is also undeniable that at 77years of age going into this race, it will be a mismatch of national priorities to support his quest, taking into consideration the unique interplay of circumstances currently confronting our country.”
Protest against ex-VP begins in Lagos, Adamawa, other states
In a previous report by Legit.ng, members of a pro-Atiku Abubakar group, North 4 North, who rallied support for the former vice president during the 2019 general elections have turned against him.
The group on Monday, February 14, mobilised its members to carry out campaigns against Atiku's 2023 presidential aspiration in Lagos, Adamawa, Kaduna, and Plateau.
The protesters called on the electorate not to vote for Atiku because they want him to step down for a southeastern presidential aspirant, believing that power should be shifted to the region come 2023.