Some Northern Elders under the aegis of Kungiyar Dattawan Arewa Initiative (KDAI) have endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term.
The group also dissociated itself from the purported endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by the Ango Abdullahi-led Northern Elders Forum (Nef).
Convener of the group, Paul Tarfa (rtd) said this on Saturday in Abuja.
According to him, they decided to endorse President Buhari after a deep reflection into what he stands for in the history, politics, social and moral life of Nigeria at this time.
“We have unanimously decided to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as our choice in the forthcoming election: Northern leaders disagree over Buhari’s re-election,” he said.
“We have made this choice after a deep reflection into what President Buhari stands for in the history, politics, social and moral life of Nigeria at this time.
“In the last three and half years since he took over as President of this country, President Buhari and his administration waged a relentless fight against corruption in all aspects of our national life.
“That is why Nigerians should accord him another four years in office in order to push forward with the fight.”
According to him, “This year’s election cycles is the first one in Nigeria which is not awash in money diverted from public treasuries. Nigerians are free to make their choices without negative and corrosive influence of money that was visible in many elections in the past.
“This is a very important development and we are confident that a fresh mandate for President Buhari will lead to better consolidation of all gains until it becomes the norm in this country.
“It is in view of the foregoing major achievements. The northern elders under the KDAI have disassociated ourselves from the endorsement of any candidate other than President Muhammadu Buhari.”