The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has, once again, vowed to work against any political party that fields a Northerner as its presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.
It should be recalled that the Governor of Ondo State and Chairman of Southern Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, had, in a statement, said that any party that fields a Northern presidential candidate in the 2023 election would lose.
Reacting quickly to the statement credited to Akeredolu, the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, said that the right of Northerners to aspire to any elective position in any party was not negotiable.
PANDEF, on Friday, through its National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, said:
“PANDEF wholly backs the statement of the governor and restates the resolution of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum at its meeting of January 13, 2022, that any political party that fields a northern candidate should not count on the support of the four regions in the 2023 presidential election.
“Why is it difficult for people to accept the truth? It is simply unthinkable that anyone would consider another northern presidency after President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight years.
“Organisations like the so-called Coalition of Northern Groups seem incorrigibly apathetic about the peace, unity and stability of Nigeria.
“They have, by their utterances, presented themselves as assemblages of unpatriotic individuals who perhaps benefit from the inglorious goings-on in the country.
“PANDEF urges these groups to strive to appreciate the true tenets of democracy and stop the hallucination.
“The North should not, and cannot, retain Nigeria’s presidency beyond 29th May, 2023 in the interest of national harmony.
“Defining the just and rightful demands for zoning and power rotation as threats and blackmail is a logical fallacy.
“Nobody is threatening or attempting to intimidate anyone; the South and other patriotic Nigerians who are concerned about the future of Nigeria are simply insisting that the fundamental principles of fairness, justice and equity must be respected and upheld in the power equation of Nigeria.
“Let us remind the said Coalition of Northern Groups and their sympathisers that the appropriation of rights by any section of the country must be measured against the rights of the others.
“Undoubtedly, no group or section of Nigeria can arrogate to itself or monopolise the presidency of Nigeria.”