The Arewa Consultative Forum and the Northern Elders’ Forum on Wednesday defended their opposition to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan when he contested the 2011 and the 2015 presidential elections.
The groups, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, indicated that they had no regrets for their position in the two elections.
On its part, the ACF while justifying its position, said leaders should learn to honour their words.
The spokesman for NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, told The PUNCH correspondents on the telephone that the North worked against the former President because he and his party jettisoned the power shift (zoning) policy.
He said the forum never hid the reason for working against Jonathan, as according to him, “We told him (Jonathan) why we worked against him,” he stated.
The National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim-Biu, told The PUNCH correspondents that the former President’s assertion that the North worked against him was odd, considering the “circumstances at that time.” The spokesman admonished Nigerian leaders to always honour agreements they entered into.
The PUNCH, November 22, 2018
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