The endorsement of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, by the Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has split the group as some members have kicked against the decision.
Speaking in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on behalf of the ACF in the North Central zone, a founding member of the forum who is also a lawmaker in the Benue State House of Assembly, Audu Sule, said the endorsement was in breach of the constitution of the forum.
Mr. Audu Sule, who made reference to parts of their constitution noted that the forum explicitly agrees that it is a non-political organisation, and wondered why the forum would adopt a member when other members and Northern Nigerian citizens are also standing in the same election with President Buhari.
The ACF in a statement by its chairman, Musa Kwande, on Tuesday announced the group’s endorsement of President Buhari for a second term ahead of the presidential election scheduled to hold on Saturday.
He noted that the ACF came to the decision after carefully studying the antecedents of the major presidential candidates, the manifestoes and policy documents of their parties, alongside the need for social, political and economic stability in the country.
“The decision on who to elect should not be based on any form of inducements, mob hysteria, intimidation or false promises, but by calm and deliberate consideration of the candidates’ qualities of leadership, performance and moral standing in their public and private lives,” he stated.
The ACF explained that President Buhari deserved a second term to consolidate on his achievements, given the strides made by the Buhari administration to improve and reposition the nation economically
Boko Haram ta hallaka mutum 11 a Maiduguri
‘Yan sanda a birnin Maiduguri a jihar Borno a Najeriya sun tabbatar da cewa kungiyar Boko Haram ta hallaka mutane 11 da kuma raunata wasu 15.
Wani shugaban kungiyar mayakan sa-kai ya bayyana cewa an kai harin ne da nufin dakatar da mutane zuwa rumfunan zabe.
Harin ya faru ne da safiyar Asabar a kudancin birnin, inda mayakan suka bude wuta, wasu ‘yan kunar bakin-wake kuma suka tarwatsa kansu da bama-bamai.
A yau ne aka shirya gudanar da zaben shugaban kasa da na ‘yan majalisar dokokin kasar, sai dai an dage zaben zuwa mako mai zuwa sa’o’i kadan kafin a fara kada kuri’a.
Aikace-aikacen ‘yan ta’adda ya tilasta wa mutane da dama barin muhallansu a Borno, al’amarin da ya jawo hukumar zabe ta kirkiri rumfunan zabe a sansanonin ‘yan gudn hijira.
Ko a ranar Laraba da ta gabata ‘yan Boko Haram sun far wa ayarin motocin gwamnan Borno, inda suka kashe mutum uku.
What Dino Melaye said about INEC’s postponement of elections
Recall that early Saturday, INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu said the presidential election was shifted to February 23, while the governorship was rescheduled for March 9.
He blamed the shift in date on problems of logistics.
Reacting, at a press briefing in his native Aiyetoro-Gbede, the Senator described the postponement as part of the grand plan by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
He said: “The postponement is just a confirmation of already designed rigging of the APC.
“We shouted that they were planning to rig the elections; we shouted that the Attorney-General of the Federation (Abubakar Malami, SAN) wrote INEC; we shouted that the National Security Adviser (Babagana Monguno) wrote the President.”
He went further to allege that President Muhammadu Buhari had planned to announce the postponement of the polls himself in a nationwide broadcast on Thursday but was dissuaded from doing so because he lacked the necessary powers.
However, Melaye added that “the postponement of the polls is the postponement of the evil day. Nigerians have decided they are leaving the land of ‘Egypt’ for the ‘promised land.’”
Boko Haram: 6 killed in Maiduguri
DAILY POST reports that earlier and in the eve of Friday, a suicide bomber killed himself and one other person.
Residents of Polo area told DAILY POST that with six corpses were recovered after the attacks.
It could be recalled that there have been rumour of possible Boko Haram incursion during the presidential and National Assembly elections in the northeast Nigeria.
Security agencies are yet to react to the development.
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