…Says, it’s not endorsing any candidate for 2023.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has expressed lamentation over the loss of licenses of all the commercial banks promoted by northerners during the banking consolidation policies of President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Governor of CBN, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
The forum has also disclosed that it has no intention of fielding or endorsing any candidate in the 2023 election from either North or South.
The forum disclosed this in a communiqué issued and signed by its chairman, Chief Audu Ogbe, at the end of its meeting on Wednesday in Kaduna State Headquarters.
The body said, “After extensive deliberations on the murder of Hanifa Abubakar, the five-year old girl in Kano, the meeting resolved to commend the governor of Kano State, Dr Abdulahi Ganduje, for his prompt action in arresting the situation.
“Not only has governor closed down the school, he has withdrawn the certification of the school. We agree with him because we cannot revert to barbarism without experiencing civilization. We encourage other state governors to be as proactive in solving similar problems where they arise.
“The Forum also commended the governor of Kaduna State, Malam el-Rufai, for the grand efforts made by his government to improve the infrastructural facilities in Kaduna. We have noted that Kaduna is wearing a new and beautiful face, and we encourage other state governments to copy this example.
“We also noticed that the Kaduna State has attracted direct foreign investment in the state. We also encourage other states to study and follow the progressive initiatives of Kaduna State Government, which has led to these progressive economic achievements by the state.
“Still, we encourage the State Government to embark on the study of the impact of the modernization drive so that those adversely effected do not come back to haunt the rest of the society.
“While we are impressed with some by governors, who have performed well, we are also demoralized by the governors, who have performed very poorly,” it stated.
It added that, “Consequently, we intend to strengthen our partnership with state governments of the north. It is only when our partnership is strengthened that we can make progress.
“There is also a need to renew our partnership members of the National Assembly from the North. As the country moves towards 2023, we of the ACF need to remind our members and all that we are not a political party.
“We do not have a candidate and will not endorse one in the 2023 election (North or South). When the political parties which have the exclusive permission of the Constitution to sponsor candidates, choose a presidential candidate each, we shall engage the candidates and find out what program they have for the north.
“We in the ACF are worried that all the commercial banks promoted by northerners lost their licenses during the banking consolidation policies of Obasanjo and Soludo. There is the need for the northern business class to put their heads together and establish banks.
“We have always complained of late of the security situation in the north. We are still worried about this. The security conditions in the north are far from satisfactory. We urge the Federal and State Governments to embark on measures that will improve the situation.
“We had proposed in the past a meeting with Afenifere/Ndigbo. This meeting has not held because of logistic problems. These will soon be worked out and members informed accordingly.
“We also lost some active members of the Forum. General Inuwa Wushishi, Chairman Leadership Selection Committee of the ACF; Admin Secretary, Mohammed Tanko Soba; Information Officer, Lawal Ingawa (Staff); Sheikh Ahmed Benba; Bashir Tofa; Danlami Nangal; Salisu Garba; Shagaba Turakawa; Barrister Ibrahim Lolo; Dr Abubakar Ladan; Shehu Ibrahim; Manchido Ibrahim (Members),” it stated.