Pan-Northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative forum has warned the Presidency against any move to induce some prominent leaders in the region to support President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in 2015.
Raising the alarm in Kaduna on Friday, the forum through its Chairman, Alhaji Aliko Mohammed, said some people purportedly working for the presidency had gone round the region with a long list of prominent Northern leaders that would be heavily induced to work for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 presidential poll.
The Niger State Governor and Chairman, Northern States Governor’s Forum, Dr. Babangida Aliyu had raised the alarm that the Presidency had penciled down 400 names of prominent northerners that would be induced to support President Jonathan in his re-election bid in 2015. He promised to make available the lists to public.
However, the ACF’ Chairman in a terse statement noted that the purported long list which he claimed he had seen actually contained names of respected leaders from the north.
The Chairman added that those advising the president to bribe some prominent northern leaders with money in exchange for support were merely deceiving him. He therefore called upon such persons to leave northern leaders out of the 2015 power play.
“Those seeking or advising the President to offer inducement in exchange for support are clearly taking the matter of the President’s re-election away from performance in office to something else. If that is the case, they will be well advised to leave Northern leaders out of it,” he said.
The Chairman added: “The attention of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has been drawn to stories circulating in the media lately suggesting that some people said to be working for the Presidency are going about with a long list of names of Northern leaders they wish to induce in order that they will support the President’s re-election in 2015.