Chairman, Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, says the people of the North will not vote along ethnic and religious lines in 2023 because they have learnt their lesson at a great cost.
Speaking at the Northern People’s Summit in Kaduna, yesterday, the NEF chairman warned politicians from the region that they do not have any guarantee that the people will vote for them in the next general election.
Prof. Abdullahi, who was represented by the spokesman of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, added that experiences have taught the region the values of critical scrutiny of records, dispositions and empathy.
The NEF chairman said politicians that will be voted for must have the socio-economic development plans, adding that those who care for the people before, during and after election will have the votes.
“No Northerner should assume that he is guaranteed the support and votes of Northerners simply because he is one of them”.
According to the NEF Chairman, “Northern voters have supported three southerners – Abiola, Obasanjo and Jonathan – to victory in the past, two of them against Northerners.
He further said, “Those politicians who want Northerners to vote in a particular manner should soil their boots and convince Northerners how their candidates will improve security, economy and society in the North and the country”, he emphasised.
“The North must think out of the box and elect new sets of leaders who will do a lot better than the current ones”, he further stated.
He prayed that the Summit will expose the wisdom of adopting new or better approaches to dealing with problems of the North.