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ACF accuses Jonathan of polarizing north

21 June 2013, 13:06

Abuja - A group of leaders from Northern Nigeria, led by a former minister, accused the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan of sowing divisions in the region.

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), which is chaired by Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jeremiah Useni, said the Federal Government was polarizing the North ahead of the 2015 election when Jonathan is likely to represent the ruling People’s Democratic Party.

His sentiments follow differences in the organization regarding the nomination of Jonathan to stand for re-election.

“I am very sad that the Presidency has started using divide and rule tactics on the north.

"Recently, we noted with dismay that some members of this organisation went to the president and assured him that he must contest for re-election in 2015,” Useni said on Friday at the opening of the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in Kaduna.

He declined to name the individuals who expressed support of the President despite the organization not yet taking a decision if it will support his re-election.

“One gentleman belongs to ACF and the other one is in the Elders forum. We were surprised because one of them has being very helpful to us,” said Useni.

ACF, a political and cultural association of leaders in the northern parts of the country in 2000, has a considerable influence in the political scene of the West African country.

- CAJ News


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