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Middle Belt Forum eyes 2019 presidency

The influential Middle Belt Forum (MBF), a group of prominent political leaders in the middle belt states, may have decided to have a shot at the presidency to actualize their demand for restructuring of the country.

The MBF, in alliance with other groups across Nigeria, notably Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political organization, its Igbo counterpart, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) as well as other political and professional bodies, has raised the bar in the agitation for restructuring.

An important segment in the determination of presidential politics, the Middle Belt comprises states in the North Central geo-political zone with cultural links to the southern parts of the three states of Kaduna, Borno and Bauchi, accounting invariably for 14 out of the 19 states in the northern part of the country.

Sources within the MBF disclosed to The Guardian in Abuja yesterday that the team has narrowed its searchlight to four out of the dozens of aspirants that were presented before it.

The Guardian, July 5, 2018

 

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