Politics

We’re not behind PDP consensus candidate – Northern Elders

By Musa Yaji

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The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has distanced itself from reports that it was part of the selection process for the consensus candidate of the presidential candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

A statement by Director, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Northern Elders Forum, stated that the attempt to engineer a consensus among the aspirants was that of the aspirants themselves.

According to Baba-Ahmed, “Governors Aminu Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed, former Senate President Bukola Saraki and Mohammed Hayatudeen had informed President Badamasi Babangida of their intention, and requested elderly intervention and advise in the event that their efforts failed to produce consensus.

“President Babangida in turn requested Professor Ango Abdullahi in his individual capacity to design and manage a process that could improve a consensus agreement among the four aspirants. Professor Ango Abdullahi concluded that assignment and released a detailed report and recommendation, signing it in his individual capacity,”

He said it is important to make clear that the entire process did not involve the Northern Elders Forum as a group, and is not a product of the group.

“Professor Ango Abdullahi is free to undertake any lawful activity as a citizen, and genuine misinterpretations of his role are understandable. Northern Elders Forum is not affiliated to any political party or aspirant, and is strongly committed to the creation of a level playing field which will allow the emergence of the best leaders in the 2023 elections.

“It has also remained consistent in its conviction that all parts of the country should play their parts freely, unhindered by restrictions which offend principles of inclusion and fairness. The Forum believes the North has excellent candidates whose fate should be left to party delegates and voters to decide,” he further stated.

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