Spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has stated that northern Nigeria will back a credible candidate from any region in 2023.
Baba-Ahmed expressed that a presidential candidate produced through regional or religious considerations would not be accepted.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Sun, he said the current situation in the country does not require a leader produced by coercion or secession threats.
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He stated that moves to occupy the presidential office through violence are counterproductive to peace and unity.
“We don’t want the president to emerge as a product of ethnic or religious pushes. We don’t want a president that will be answerable to a portion of Nigeria. We won’t accept it,” he said.
“The next president should emerge from a credible election from any part of the country but he or she must be first and foremost a Nigerian president. The north would back any credible candidate from the region who understands the problem, possesses the capacity to solve them (challenges) and can build bridges across the country.”