On Wednesday, Professor Ango Abdullahi, the Convener of the Northern Elders Forum, made a statement declaring that the North would accept any presidential candidate who wins the election in a fair manner, based on the principle of one man, one vote.
According to him, the North has provided support to leaders from other regions of the country without bias, and those who are cautioning the North against seeking the Presidency have no authority to do so.
He also noted that the North has helped other regions in the past and would continue to do so in the future, as it believes in a united Nigeria.
Additionally, Professor Ango Abdullahi, cautioned against any potential manipulation of the upcoming presidential election.
“The constitution is very clear that I can stand for election 20 times and I can lose 20 times. But nothing should stop me from contesting elections if I want to. Then, when you look at it in terms of ‘do me, I do you,’ ‘rub my back and I rub yours,’ the North has rubbed more backs than its own back has been rubbed.
“Even if you are talking about the years in power from 1999 to date, Obasanjo had eight years; Jonathan had six; that is, 14; Umaru had two; and now Buhari has eight years. As a result, I am (the North) owed four years in total.” He added.
Echoing Abdullahi’s sentiments, the Director-General of the Northern Elders Forum, Professor Doknan SheniSheni stated that “the North will continue to accept any candidate that wins the elections fairly, on the terms of one man, one vote.
“We do not intend to be intimidated by improper or uncivil utterances or threats of violence, nor will we be coerced into supporting a candidate based on non-democratic principles.” he said.
The event was also attended by several notable figures, including the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, and a representative of the vice-presidential candidate of the All-Progressives Congress, Senator Kashim Shettima.