The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has dismissed statement from chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo, suggesting that the northern region had endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari as sole candidate for the 2019 presidency. Alhaji Shettima Yerima, leader of the (AYCF), in a statement on Sunday, December 3, said Paul Unongo was speaking for himself as usual and neither for the Northern Elders Forum, nor for the whole north.
The AYCF leader said Unongo lacks the requisite authority to speak for the North on any matter as his antecedents are full of inconsistency and lack decorum.
“It is quite unthinkable that a person with such little grasp of diplomacy should think himself as a worthy successor to the respectable chairmanship of the NEF vacated by the late Danmasanin Kano.
“We all know that Danmasani was the convener of the NEF and a noble leader that never steered the group in the path of partisanship.
“The leadership of the NEF in the time of the Danmasani has never been so biased and considered every northerners as its own and treated them equally,” Shettima stated.
The AYCF leader however maintained that the presidency remains in the northern region till 2023 and it is up to it to present one of its own to fill the slot.
“Unongo therefore must have said the things he said out of turn,” he said.
The AYCF’s Alhaji Shettima Yerima spoke even as the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has announced his return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has zoned it presidential candidate to the north.
Atiku made the announcement in a Facebook live video on Sunday, December 3 afternoon, saying, “Today, I want to let you know that I am returning home to the PDP.”
Atiku said his decision to leave the PDP was because the party strayed but now he is back because the APC too has strayed from the exciting promises it made in its manifesto.
“I left the PDP when I thought it was no aligned with the principles of equity, democracy and social justice upon which we had founded it.
“I joined the APC and hoped it would be the new force that would help improve life of our people.
“I was excited at the party’s manifesto to create three million new jobs but the change did not come.
“In the last two years, about three million people have lost their jobs”, he said.