2019: We Have No Preferred Presidential Candidate - Arewa

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Thursday declared that it had no preferred presidential candidate for the 2019 elections, especially between Buhari of APC and Atiku of PDP.

The forum’s acting Chairman, Alhaji Musa Kwande, said this when the presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, visited the ACF’s secretariat in Kaduna.

Kwande said the ACF would be “father” to all the presidential candidates from the North.

He said, “The ACF as you are aware, is a non-partisan, non-political, non-religious body devoid of any ethnic or tribal sentiments.

“Thus, its status as the foremost Northern socio-cultural organisation which tries to promote peace, unity, justice and the rule of law, with the main thrust to promoting and protecting the interest and development of the North and its people, within the context of one indivisible nation, is not in question.

“In our non-partisan disposition, we do not align ourselves to any individual or political party. Rather, we strive to weigh the scale on what is good for the North in particular, and the overall good of the nation.”

Kwande appealed to leaders of all political parties to ensure that they respect the peace agreement they signed at the instance of the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee.

This, he said, was meant to avoid a repeat of the 2011 post-election violence that erupted in parts of the country.

“We expect you to run issue-based campaigns and refrain from all forms of incitements, be it religious, tribal or ethnic, by yourselves and all agents acting for or on your behalf,” he advised.

He also called on security agencies to maintain their neutrality, adding that “security agencies should live above board.”

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