The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has dismissed the endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by some socio cultural groups in the country, saying it “may not significantly affect the outcomes of the election.”
Anthony Sani, the secretary of ACF said the endorsement is “nothing new” and that the ACF does not share the views of the Northern Elders Forum, which recently endorsed Atiku for the presidential seat.
“Many media houses have been asking for reactions on the endorsement of PDP Presidential candidate in the person of former Vice president Atiku Abubakar by factions of Afenifere, a faction of Ohanaeze, PAN Niger Delta Forum, the Middle Belt Forum and the Northern Elders Forum.
“We thought there was no need for the reactions because it is nothing new. But because of the generated public interest, we react as follows:- “The endorsement is nothing new because apart from NEF faction led by Professor Ango Abdullahi, all the other socio-cultural groups in the endorsement actually endorsed and worked for PDP in 2015.Yet, the APC prevailed in the elections.
“What is new in this endorsement is the fact that only faction of Afenifere, faction of Ohanaeze, and faction of Northern Elders Forum, are actually involved. As a result, the endorsement may not affect the outcomes of the election significantly, since factions cannot possibly represent the whole, let alone represent the regions which the platforms profess to represent.
“You may wish to know that ACF which is the umbrella body for the North does not share the views promoted by a faction of Northern Elders Forum led by Prof Ango Abdullahi.