- The Middle Belt Youth Forum says the entire region wants a president from the zone
- President of the forum, Comrade Pius Attah, calls on the far north to support the aspiration of the Middle Belt in producing the next president
- Professor Ango Abdullahi, the national chairman of Northern Nigeria Union (NNU), says President Muhammad Buhari must earn north’s endorsement for re-election in 2019
The Middle Belt Youth Forum has called on former Senate president, Senator David Mark, to contest for president election in the 2019 election.
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The youths made the statement on Sunday, November 19, when speaking with Tribune in Jos, Plateau state.
President of the forum, Comrade Pius Attah, said the entire Middle Belt is solidly behind the move for the region to produce the president of Nigeria.
He said: “It is now or never. We cannot continue to be kingmakers; we want to be king also. We have helped others, so we want to be helped also. So the Far-North should be willing to support our aspiration. Any attempt to relegate us will be counter-productive.
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“We are pleading with the former Senate President, Senator David Mark, to contest come 2019. He ranks among the best that presided over the senate since Independence. He presided over the senate for eight years without any crisis. He has not declared his intention, but we are saying he should run."
Meanwhile, Professor Ango Abdullahi, the national chairman of Northern Nigeria Union (NNU), has said President Muhammad Buhari must earn north’s endorsement for re-election in 2019.
Abdullahi said the only way President Buhari can do this is through his performance in his first term.
Leadership reports that Professor Abdullahi said the issue of unity in a country like Nigeria could not be a settled matter.
Abdullahi said Buhari has demonstrated that he is the president of Nigeria and will serve in the best interest of the whole country.
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