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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

2019 elections: Northern Youth Group list Atiku, Saraki, El-Rufai, 9 others for Presidency

Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) has shortlisted 11 names of northern politicians it endorsed as potential presidential candidates for the 2019 general elections.

The also called on Northern youths to embrace peace and avoid religious and ethnic polarity within the north.

He said that the quit notice given to the Igbos was ill-advised, ill-timed and uncalled for.

According to The Sun, the group’s leader Comrade Elliot Afiye reiterated its desire to have a Northern President in 2019 with a list of 12 potential candidates.

 The group said it is disturbed by the ‘scheming’ and ‘maneuvers’ in the country suggesting southern interest in the 2019 presidency and reiterated that the north should retain the presidency in 2019, a position it had communicated to the south-west political leaders during a meeting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on June 6, 2017.

These include Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Senator Bala Muhammed, Atiku Abubakar, Tanimu Turaki, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State, former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Governor Ibrahim Shettima of Borno State, and Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara State.

They underlined that their actions were solely in the interest of the nation and nothing else, expressing their desire to pay any sacrifice for the unity of the country.

Comrade Elliot said: “We want to reiterate and clearly warn that the North will not, and will never allow presidency to move to the South in 2019.

“As much as we can tolerate or pay any sacrifice for the unity of this country, we remain committed to a northern president in 2019.”



Afiyo said the group has forwarded the names of the endorsed persons to its patrons and the leadership of the 42 affiliated organisations to Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) for screening and for the endorsement of only two candidates who will be considered during its 15th Annual National Convention coming up in September, 2017, in Kano.

“We want to send a message to all  political  parties that may field southern presidential candidates in 2019 election that such action will amount to committing a political suicide,” a statement by the group said.

It warned northern leaders to desist from supporting candidates from the South and insisted that such action would be counter productive to their irreversible decision for a 2019 northern presidency. The group further called on all northern youths to embrace dialogue and peace, and not to allow themselves to be swayed by those who use religion and ethnicity to divide the north and gain political advantage.

Afiyo said NYLF was strongly instrumental to the emergence of  “Olusegun Obasanjo, Musa Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan as well as current President Muhammadu Buhari as presidents in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015, respectively, without regional bias.

The group said its actions are always guided by national interest far above any other interest.

On the quit notice to Igbo by some sections of the Northern youth group, Afiyo said the agitators were angry members who felt they were used and abandoned by the All Progressives Congress (APC) politicians.

“We consider the quit notice as ill advised, ill-timed and uncalled for.

We strongly believe the groups of northern youths were motivated, encouraged and sponsored by some individuals who felt cheated by both the federal government and some state governments controlled by the APC.

“These individuals were used and dumped; no recognition or appreciation was extended to them.
They are, therefore, bent on destabilising the government,” he said.




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