The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has said it will not endorse the President, Muhammad Buhari for second term.
Secretary-General of the forum, Dr. Anthony Sani, who spoke with Punch, maintained that only eligible voters would decide who governs them in 2019 and not any northern group.
Sani said, “Please note that ACF is an umbrella platform for most northerners who belong to other groups claiming to speak for the North.
“Those members who attended the summit exercised their constitutional right of association and opinion which cannot be denied them, and merely indicated their place in ACF. But that cannot vitiate the fact that they did not attend the summit in representative capacity for the ACF.
“I have told you that it is not the place of ACF to endorse candidates on behalf of political parties considering the fact that the platform is not partisan; it comprises members from different political parties.”
The ACF scribed however expressed the forum dissatisfaction with the the President’s silence on killings in the country.
“I am not sure if ACF is satisfied with all aspects of style of governance by this government. As a person, I do not share the culture of silence by the regime on matters of national importance particularly the killings going on in many parts of the country.
“This is because such reticence tends to give room for rumours to hold sway and speculations which are unhelpful. I also do not like the idea of government functionaries being at cross purposes and convey an impression of a divided Presidency which must stop, ” Sani said.