2023: Returning APC to Power Suicidal, Arewa Stakeholders declare
- A group of northerners, led by Prof Usman Yusuf, Mahdi Shehu and Ladan Salihu say their people won't vote the APC 2023
- According to the Arewa stakeholders under the aegis of Northern Awareness Initiative, the APC has brought nothing but death and destruction to their doorsteps
- They also accused the Buhari-led government of not fighting insecurity and allowing the Nigerian economy to crumble
Kano - The Northern Awareness Initiative has declared that it will be suicidal for people in the north to vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) again in 2023.
Vanguard newspaper reports that the stakeholders made the declaration on Sunday, December 11 in Kano at a press conference.
The group of northerners also announced that in subsequent days, they will educate those in the grassroots in the north on the need to vote out the ruling APC.
Led by Prof Usman Yusuf, Mahdi Shehu and Ladan Salihu, they condemned the APC-led federal government for leading over 130 million Nigerians into poverty in the last eight years, sighting the records by Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
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They further mentioned neglect of 20 million out-of-school children.
Speaking on their behalf, Prof Usman said:
“The present administration told us eight years ago that they want to fight corruption, they want to secure this nation and they want to improve the economy, all they have done so far is the opposite.
“I am from Katsina; one third of my state is under siege by bandits. We have never seen IDPs in Katsina until this government came in. My state capital is filled up with IDPs.
“We gave President Buhari 1.2 million votes in the last elections, what have we to show for it? Death and destruction.”
He also lamented over the poverty and state of economy in the country, stating that:
“In recent years we have not seen as much poverty as we have seen today. The National Bureau of Statistics said 133 million Nigerians are now in multidimensional poverty.
“We have never seen that, we have come to a time when the president himself is blaming the governors for poverty.
“They have failed, the APC government has failed. Fighting corruption; we have seen a lot more corruption cases under this government.
“He has not fought corruption, he has not improved the economy, the economy is worse and where we are today, insecurity is the worst ever in our life time.
“We are, therefore, educating our people that it is going to be suicidal for people to vote APC to power again.”
Close ranks to avoid defeat in 2023, Buhari tells APC members
Meanwhile, President Buhari has called on members of the APC to close ranks ahead of the polls billed for the first quarter of next year.
ThisDay newspaper reports that the president gave the counsel while interacting with Katsina state APC governorship candidate, Dr. Dikko Radda and his running mate, Faruk Lawal Jobe, at his Daura residence.
APC blames PDP for impoverishing 133 million Nigerians
Recall that the APC recently exonerated the administration of President Buhari for the poverty level of over 133 million Nigerians.
APC director of publicity, Bala Ibrahim on Monday, November 28 said recent statistics released by the NBS should be blamed on the PDP for plunging the nation into a sorry state as result of bad governance
The NBS had earlier disclosed that about 133 million people, which represented 63 per cent of Nigerians were ‘multidimensionally’ poor.
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On his part, Chief Ray Morphy, a chieftain of the APC from Cross River state, has left the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Rejecting APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, Chief Morphy, a former special adviser to the party's former national chairman, Chief John Oyegun, said the country deserves more than the comedy of gaffes APC is trying to sell to Nigerians.
Morphy, a leader in the party's presidential campaign council in 2019, was also a pioneer member of The Buhari Organisation.