After months of speculations and seeming denial, the northern umbrella body, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has finally endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, ACF, for the race.
Before now, ACF had tackled Northern Elders Forum, NEF, led by Professor Ango Abdullahi, for dumping Buhari for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Addressing a press conference, yesterday, at the ACF’s secretariat, in Kaduna, the Acting Chairman, National Executive Council, NEC, Alhaji Musa Liman Kwande, said Buhari’s achievements, so far, are enough to give him second term, hence, the decision of the forum to endorse him.
“Consequent upon the contributions of the incumbent government to the economic and infrastructure development of the nation, and the government’s achievements in combating insurgency and other insecurity problems bedeviling the country, ACF believes that president Buhari deserves a second term to consolidate on his achievements.
“The ACF is, therefore, of the view that certain attributes, such as clarity of thought, unity of purpose, content of character and morality of the candidates, their leadership qualities, performance and general acceptability of the candidates not only for the office of the president, but, also, other elective offices, should guide voters in making their choices.
“Furthermore, other considerations are capacity to tackle security challenges, fight corruption and boost the economic, by way of diversification away from over dependence on oil and infrastructure development in order to promote growth.
“The integrity of the candidate to raise the image of Nigeria in the comity of nations is equally important in the election.
“ACF also calls on the politicians and their supporters as well as the electorate, to avoid all forms of violence before, during and after the elections. This is because violence is never a solution to any grievances. It not only destroys our democratic process, but, aslo, life and property. Democracy is a contest of ideas and reasons.”