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Northern Elders seek to frustrate Jonathan

08 July 2013, 09:01

Abuja - The influential Northern Elders Forum (NEF) plans to frustrate President Goodluck Jonathan's bid for re-election in the upcoming general election.

Speaking at a stakeholders meeting of the Arewa Research Development Project (ARDP) in Kaduna the spokesperson of the forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi, said the region had suffered years of neglect after the north dominated politics in Nigeria.

“What we want in 2015 is a free, fair and transparent election so that we can use our voting power to return political power to the north. We are working hard to actualise this by putting the north together,” he said.

Abdullahi said the NEF came to a resolution to work with the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Northern Union (NU) and the Middle Belt Forum to ensure the ruling People's Democratic Party did not retain power.

“Sentiments were introduced into the North to divide what is known as united North. Our unity is being assaulted in so many directions, but we thank God we are forming a formidable front.

"We have agreed that we are going to talk with one voice,” he said.

For the past 12 years, a southerner has ruled Nigeria.

Jonathan became head of state in 2010 following the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

He finished Yar’Adua’s term and stood for election in 2011.

 - CAJ News


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