The leadership of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) at a meeting in Kaduna (file)

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has called on Nigerians to put aside sentiment as they consider the best presidential candidate to lead the country ahead of the 2019 elections.

The top contenders are the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar of the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Reacting to the emergence of the aforementioned poliical gladiators, Secretary General of ACF, Anthony Sani, said electing Nigeria’s president should be issues-based and not based on sentiment.

He said, “As a result, any further restructuring may not be that serviceable. To him, what matters most is the prudent and equitable management of the nation’s resources.

“It is for Nigerians to make a fair and realistic assessment of the candidates for informed decisions during the elections.

“Incidentally, PDP has ruled this country for 16 years out of which Atiku did eight years as Vice President.”