As the 2023 general election inches close by the day, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said the North will be more critical about who gets support of the people in the region.
Telescope.ng reports that convener of the forum, Prof Ango Abdullahi, made the elders’ position known yesterday in Kaduna during the 2022 public lecture and book presentation organised by the Centre for Leadership Development and Research/Arewa Youth Alliance for Good Governance in collaboration with NEF.
He said: “We will be more critical than all others over who wins our support. We bear scars from governance by one we substantially voted into power twice. Northern votes will make a major impact in the 2023 elections as well, but they will be cast to the people who are now wiser and more discerning.
“No candidate should therefore take our support for granted, and we state again that we will vote entirely for the candidate that convinces us that he understands our problems and will seek solutions to them with commitment, courage and conviction.”
Specifically, Abdullahi noted that the Northerners will not support candidates who seek to benefit from strategies that seek to deepen and exploit Nigeria’s ethnic or religious diversity.
For candidates that fail to convince the people that they will radically improve the quality of governance and the integrity of leaders, they should forget about votes from the North because Prof Abdullahi said the North won’t cast a single vote for them.