The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has declared that it won’t allow any politician or group to exploit the North in the build up to the 2023 presidential election in the country.
To this end, the Northern Elders Forum has disclosed that any presidential candidate seeking the support of the region must possess certain characteristics before it can enjoy the support of the region.
A statement signed by the convener of NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi on Sunday noted that only politicians that understand the need of the region and show commitment to meeting such needs will enjoy the support of the North for the 2023 presidential race.
According to the statement, “The forum has observed that political maneuvers around the 2023 elections are targeting the North as a region available for exploitation.
“We want to make it clear that people of the North will be very careful in committing to persons seeking their support on the basis of their region or wealth.
“The North knows its interest and will stand together to elect only persons who meet the standards and interests of the people of the North.
“No politicians should assume they are entitled to our support unless they show a clear understanding and a commitment to deal with our problems and meet our aspirations.”
Meanwhile, leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party are understood to have concluded plans to approach former President Goodluck Jonathan to come forward and lead the PDP reconciliatory efforts in the interest of the party ahead of the 2023 Presidency.
News Nigeria understands the leaders are apparently displeased with the disagreements among aggrieved chieftains and the possible implication of such feuds ahead of the 2023 Presidency, and have therefore recently met and resolved to approach former President Jonathan for help.