Northern Stakeholders Forum (NSF) has given reasons why they dumped President Muhammadu Buhari for Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for Saturday’s presidential election.
Concise News reports that speaking recently at a zonal town hall meeting at Mambayya House in Kano, Aminu Adam, Director, Action and Mobilisation of the group, says they opt for Atiku because Buhari has disappointed Nigerians.
According to him, the group put their weight behind Buhari in 2015 because there were so much yearning and agitation for a credible leader who would move northern Nigeria forward.
He adds that some members of the group were among the youths who arranged a protest in the United States of America, calling on the international community to pay attention to the polls to ensure Buhari’s success when they suspected possible rigging by the PDP prior to the 2015 elections. Then apparently, Buhari had an edge over Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
However, Adam notes that when Buhari came on board, they realised that he had failed to fulfil his campaign promises, especially in the area of fighting corruption, economy and security. He says, “In 2015, we fully supported Buhari because we believed he was the only person to move northern Nigeria forward. We discover that the north is lagging behind in terms of development.
“Ironically, when Buhari came to power, we realised that he even prefers south to the north that gave him unprecedented votes. Buhari has failed to fulfil his campaign promises, especially in the areas of economy, corruption and security.
“Look at how killings are becoming the order of the day. People of Zamfara have turned to refugees as a result of incessant killings. Likewise Katsina, Kaduna, Taraba, Benue states and other places.
“That is why we have now decided to try Atiku Abubakar because we believe in his integrity and compassion for the masses. We also believe in his ability to perform better than Buhari.”
In his remarks, special guest at the occasion, Alhaji Nastura Nasir Sharif, says Buhari is not a man of his words. According to Sharif, Buhari claimed to have fought corruption, but it was later proved that the crusade is selective and he surrounds himself with corrupt politicians who have cases at Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He says considering the current critical situation that northern Nigeria had found itself since 1999, supporting Atiku Abubakar is the answer. According to him, Atiku will perform better than Buhari due to the former’s antecedents.
Earlier, groups like Afenifere and Ohanaeze have endorsed Atiku.