2023: Northern group vows to mobilise support for southern presidency

The Arewa Coalition for Rotational Presidency, (ACRP), yesterday advised all northern politicians warming up to contest the presidential election in 2023 to jettison the move for their southern counterparts.

In an issued statement, jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of ACRP, Comrade Abdullahi Biu and Hamza Malumfashi, the Coalition said it will be unfair for the North to retain the presidential seat after eight years in government.

The group warned that if any northerner refused to heed the advice, it will rise and mobilise against them.

According to the statement, for the interest of fairness and equity, the position of ‘President’ should be returned to the South, after President Muhammadu Buhari would have spent two terms of eight years in power.

It said the current brewing political tension stirred by the call for power shift to the south by southern governors and groups can only be doused when all stakeholders from the North, Governors and political parties agree.

“In the interest of peace; equity and justice, more so, considering that the North has been in power for eight years now; the idea of North even contesting for the highly exalted position of the President should be immediately jettisoned”, it stated.

It warned all those picking nomination forms, especially from the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), to step down if they are true democrats.

The group said, as a group of democrats from the 19 northern States, they strongly believe in the principle of equity and fairness as a panacea for peace and progress, just as they are in support of rotational power to their brothers in the southern region.

According to the statement, it is against this background, that they are advising all the political parties, especially the two major ones, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP, to field only southern candidates.

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