Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari (Left) & PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF)  says it is not in a hurry to endorse either President Muhammadu Buhari or former Vice President Atiku Abubakar ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

The Secretary-General of the forum, Anthony Sani, in an interview stated that the northern body was of the view that there were other presidential candidates of northern extraction from other political parties who might need endorsement too.

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According to Sani, the forum cannot afford to ignore the other candidates at the expense of Buhari or Atiku.

He noted that the emergence of both candidates from the northern region was heartening, adding that it would make irrelevant the age-old politics of identity, which sought to promote cleavages of the nation along ethnic, religious and regional lines.

The ACF secretary said this would pave the way for “real issues of genuine concern to ordinary Nigerians.”

He said, “Though Atiku and Buhari have emerged as presidential candidates of the two main political parties, it is important to note that there are other presidential candidates of northern extraction in some other political parties who cannot be ignored.

“Unlike the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, which planned to endorse a yet unidentified candidate, Sani insisted that it was not practicable for the forum to endorse the candidate of a political party.”