The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has told the South-East not to blame anyone if the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, fails to win in 2023.
This was stated by the Spokesman of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, on Monday.
This is as the NEF dismissed any suggestion that the north had adopted a candidate for the presidential poll slated for February, 2023.
Baba-Ahmed went on to challenge the elite not to sit and watch politicians control the country as they like but to stand up and give direction.
“We got our fingers burnt in 2015 and that is why we are being careful this time. We are saying that the best candidate should be allowed to win the election.”
According to him, “all the elites in Nigeria are in hostages and captives of politicians but we must remove ourselves from that bondage. So, we will reach out to elite from the other regions and together we will welcome any presidential candidate who says he has solution to Nigeria’s problems. We worry about the South East. We don’t know whether they are in support of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of Labour Party or not. The nation can see what is happening now and if the South East fails to line up behind Obi, they should not blame anybody.
“If the Igbo believe it is time for them, they should support Obi, reach out to other Nigerians and tell them they are supporting Obi not because he is an Igbo man but because he is the best. We will give our support to the best man who can heal the wounds in the land because actually, everybody in Nigeria is marginalised right now,” he said.
He urged the South-Easterners to ensure that all politicians are allowed to campaign freely in that zone. He also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the environment is safe and secure for everybody to campaign.
“Nigeria has a future but we must work very hard to secure it. Let the best candidate win and let us accept whoever that wins so that we can begin the process of rebuilding Nigeria.