The Arewa Consultative Forum appears to be has said the group is not in a hurry to endorse either President Muhammadu Buhari or Abubakar Atiku for 2019 presidential election.

Buhari is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress while Atiku is the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate.

The Secretary-General of the ACF, Anthony Sani stated that the northern body was of the view that there were other presidential candidates of northern extraction from other political parties who might need endorsement too.

According to Sani, the forum cannot afford to ignore the other candidates at the expense of Buhari or Atiku.

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He noted that the emergence of both candidates from the northern region was heartening, adding that it would make irrelevant the age-old politics of identity, which sought to promote cleavages of the nation along ethnic, religious and regional lines.

The ACF secretary said this would pave the way for “real issues of genuine concern to ordinary Nigerians.”

He said, “Though Atiku and Buhari have emerged as presidential candidates of the two main political parties, it is important to note that there are other presidential candidates of northern extraction in some other political parties who cannot be ignored.

“Unlike the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, which planned to endorse a yet unidentified candidate, Sani insisted that it was not practicable for the forum to endorse the candidate of a political party.”

He said, “What the ACF does is to enlighten the electorate about the qualities to look for in candidates who can provide purposeful and effective leadership.

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