2023: Northern Group Warns Jonathan Against Vying for Presidency

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2023: Northern Group Warns Jonathan Against Vying for Presidency
Nwolu Obiajulu

The Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) has promised to oppose the All Progressive Congress (APC) if the party fails to zone its presidential ticket to the Southwest for the 2023 election.

The NYLF while speaking to the press after its meeting in Gombe warned Northwest political actors against presenting a candidate for the office of the president or the vice president. The group vowed to resist any such candidates from the Northwest.

It also asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to ignore the persuasion from some quarters for him to seek the presidency position in 2023.

The group in a statement signed by its national chairman, Elliot Afiso, urged the APC to respect zoning arrangements in the party to ensure equity.

The statement reads, “We’re informed that a gentleman agreement exists within the APC. Therefore, we advised that the party (APC), should produce its presidential flag-bearer from the Southwest.”

“We want to state clearly that the power rotation in the PDP was dead and buried in 2011 and as such, the PDP is advised to pick its presidential candidate from the north-east if at all, the party intends to make headway and bounce to power in 2023.

“On the rumoured intention and interests by the former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, we want to sincerely and categorically state that he should not accept any invitation to contest under any party because the north as it is now, would never vote for him no matter the indices.

“In the same vein, we want to advise our elders and elites from the north-west to shelve or discontinue any interest in the presidency or vice presidency come 2023 for the interest and unity of the northern region.

“The NYLF which has overwhelming membership and support from north-west has resolved not to support or vote for any party that presents her candidate from the north-west for the presidency or vice presidency.”

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