Northern Elders Tell Niger Delta Leaders And The Entire Southern Leaders And Governors That They Will Never Get The Presidency Of Nigeria By Threats, Says The 1999 Constitution Must Be Obeyed, Which Favours A Competent Presidential Candidate From Any Region

The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has warned Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, against issuing any threat over the 2031 Presidency, Page 36 learnt.

The NEF said this while reacting to PANDEF’s statement that the North should wait till 2031,  before producing another President of Nigeria.

In a Press statement issued in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Thursday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, PANDEF had said that it should be unthinkable that the North should contemplate clutching onto the Presidential seat at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2 tenures of 8 years.

However,  in a chat with Journalists, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, warned that perhaps PANDEF and other groups have not been listening to the North, when it stated that it shall not be threatened or intimidated by any group or region. 

His words: “The truth of the matter is, whatever PANDEF says, no matter what any group says, the fundamental right of every citizen to elect his Candidate, and the rights of all political parties to choose Candidates, must be respected. Between this legal provision and the exigencies of managing a plural and diverse nation, Politicians should fill the vacuum by doing the serious work.

“The North is willing to sit down with anybody and discuss how these things can be done, but we cannot get anything by threats, and again, we have said this so many times, do not threaten the North, we will not be intimidated, there is a way to do this, it is what the Law says we should do, it is what the political process demands we should do. And when you keep speaking in this kind of language, it just simply foul the atmosphere.”

He therefore, advised PANDEF and other organisations to insist on a competent Nigerian who must run an inclusive administration that will integrate everybody into the process.

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