Some Northern leaders have berated former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for allegedly being desperate to become Nigeria's President in 2019.

The Secretary General of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Anthony Sani, called out the former Vice President for his alleged plans and utterances ahead of the 2019 presidential race, midway into Buhari's tenure.

Sani argued that Atiku should have been patient till the period for the presidential primaries of the APC.

He said, “If Atiku believes he can fight corruption better than President Buhari, he is in a position to advise the President on how best the campaigns against corruption can be managed. This is more so that he is a seminal figure of the ruling party. This is no time for primaries of political parties. So, for Atiku to campaign in that manner, midterm into the tenure, is both illegal and morally preposterous. Let him be patient until the time comes for party primaries.

“To the extent of talking about next elections midterm, one can say the former vice president is unduly eager to be president. But that is the nature of politics. All that politics demands of Atiku is for him to be patient and wait for the time to come for party primaries.”

The ACF secretary general, however, said Buhari would only secure the North’s endorsement to recontest in 2019 if by the end of his current four-year tenure, his administration succeeds in delivering on the promises he made to Nigerians during his 2015 campaign.