Why Northern Stakeholders Forum Dumped Buhari And Chose Atiku

By Kolade Adeyemi, Kano

The Director Action and
Mobilisation of Northern Stakeholders Forum Alhaji Aminu Adam has
advanced reasons why the group decided to dump President Muhammadu
Buhari and chose Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) for the February 16 presidential election.
Speaking
at a Zonal Town hall Meeting, held at Mambayya House in Kano yesterday,
said they opted for Atiku Abubakar because Buhari had disappointed
Nigerians.

According to him, the group vehemently supported
Buhari in 2015 when there was so much yearning and agitations for
credible leader who would move northern Nigeria forward.

He added
that they were among the youth who orchestrated a protest in United
States of America, when they suspected rigging by PDP in the 2015
elections, which apparently showed Buhari had edged over Jonathan
Goodluck, calling on international communities to pay attention to the
polls in order to ensure Buhari’s success.

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He however said that
when Buhari came to power, they later realized that he had failed to
fulfill his campaign promises, especially in the area of fighting
corruption, economy and security.

“In 2015, we fully supported
Buhari because we believed he was the only person to move northern
Nigeria forward. This is because we see that North is lagging behind in
terms of development in Nigeria.
“Ironically, when Buhari came to
power, we realised that he even preferred southern part of the Country
to the North that gave him unprecedented votes. Buhari has failed to
fulfil his campaign promises, especially in the area of economy,
corruption fight and security.

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“Look at how killings are becoming
the order of the day. People of Zamfara have turned to refugees as a
result of incessant killings. Likewise Katsina, Kaduna, Taraba, Benue
States and other places,” he said
Adam added that, “that is why we
have now decided to try Atiku Abubakar because we believed in his
integrity and compassion to the masses. We also believed in his ability
to perform better than Buhari,” he said
In his remarks, Chief Guest of the occasion, Alhaji Nastura Nasir Sharif, said Buhari is not the man of his words.

According
to Sharif, Buhari claimed to have fought corruption, but it was later
proved that the crusade is selective and he surrounded himself with
corrupt politicians who even have cases at Economic and Financial Crime
Commission (EFCC).

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He added that at the present critical
situation that northern Nigeria had found itself since 1999, supporting
Atiku Abubakar is the answer as he believed, would perform better than
Buhari.
On his part, Ahmad Abubakar, the Organising Secretary , said
the group’s stance followed the endorsement of Atiku Abubakar by some
pan ethnic groups such as Afenifere, Eze-ndigbo, among other groups who
had thrown their weight behind the former vice president.

Source:- Thenationonlineng


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