Twelve Nothern politicians have been shortlised by the Northern Youth Leaders’ Forum (NYLF) as potential presidential candiates for the 2019 general elections.
The group said it was disturbed by the ‘scheming’ and ‘maneuvers’ in the country suggesting southern interest in the 2019 presidency and reiterated that the north should retain the presidency in 2019.
The leader of the group, Comrade Elliot Afiyo said: “We want to reiterate and clearly warn that the North will not, and will never allow presidency to move to the South in 2019.
“As much as we can tolerate or pay any sacrifice for the unity of this country, we remain committed to a northern president in 2019.”
Afiyo said the group had forwarded the names of the endorsed persons to its patrons and the leadership of the 42 affiliated organisations to Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) for screening and for the endorsement of only two candidates who will be considered during its 15th Annual National Convention coming up in September, 2017, in Kano.
“We want to send a message to all political parties that may field southern presidential candidates in 2019 election that such action will amount to committing a political suicide,” a statement by the group said.
It warned northern leaders to desist from supporting candidates from the South and insisted that such action would be counter-productive to their irreversible decision for a 2019 northern presidency.
The group further called on all northern youths to embrace dialogue and peace, and not to allow themselves to be swayed by those who use religion and ethnicity to divide the north and gain political advantage.
NYLF said its actions were always guided by national interest far above any other interest.
Below are the shortlisted twelve;
1.) Former vice president Atiku Abubakar
2.) Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo
3.) Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal
4.) Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki
5.) Former Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido
6.) Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-rufai
7.) Former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
8.) Former Borno State Governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
9.) Borno State Governor, Ibrahim Shettima
10.) Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara State
11.) Alhaji Tanimu Turaki
12.) Senator Bala Muhammed.