– Dr Anthony Sani, secretary-general of the Arewa Consultative Forum says the group cannot endorse Buhari,
– He also claimed that the non partisanship of the group is the reason for this – Sani noted that the ACF caters for all northerners irrespective of party affiliations Secretary-general of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Dr Anthony Sani has disclosed that the group cannot endorse President Muhammadu Buhari given its status as a non partisan group that caters for all people of the north, irrespective of political affiliations. Sani who disclosed this during an interview with Punch also claimed that the ACF did not participate in a summit which purportedly passed a vote of no confidence on Buhari.
“ACF did not take part in the summit which you claim passed a vote of no confidence in President Buhari. Those who organised the summit exercised their democratic right to association and opinion. “You have included ACF as part of those who passed the vote of no confidence in the President just because two members wrote their status as coming from ACF, but they did not attend the summit as representatives of ACF. They did so in their individual capacity. That explains why ACF had to put the record straight to the effect that ACF did not participate in the summit and so cannot be expected to own the outcome,” he said.
When asked if the ACF will endorse Buhari as the candidate of the north, Sani says the group can only present a list of qualities in candidates. “ACF cannot be expected to be ahead of political parties whose constitutional roles include presentation of presidential candidates. To do otherwise is not how the platform, which comprises members from different political parties, operates. “We normally present a list of qualities which voters should look out for in good leaders in order to help them to make informed decisions on the day of elections. That has been our approach since ACF is not partisan group. Going further, he gave reasons why the body cannot endorse any candidate for that matter. “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. “I hope you do not want ACF to play the roles of political parties whose briefs include presentation of candidates for elections. What is more, there is still one more year to go for a fair and realistic assessment of performance of the (incumbent) regime.”
The Punch reports that a key member of the forum and leader of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi, and 17 other northern groups at a summit on Saturday, March 24, had passed a vote of no confidence in President Buhari, noting that the President and other politicians in the region had failed the north.