We Regret Voting Tinubu – Northern Elders

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The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has expressed remorse regarding the support it gave to President Bola Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election.

The group vowed it will not make the same error in the future.

In an interview with The Guardian, NEF spokesperson Abdul-Azeez Suleiman conveyed this sentiment, underscoring a contemplative approach to the region’s electoral decision.

President Tinubu, who ran as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), received significant votes from the northern region, surpassing his competitors.

However, the NEF now criticizes this choice, with Suleiman emphasizing the necessity for a more unified and consensus-driven process in selecting candidates for the country’s highest office.

The NEF’s reflection coincides with the observations of Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, and his interactions in the north.

Obi’s recent visits and charitable acts towards northern communities have not gone unnoticed, sparking discussions about the desired qualities in national leadership.

Suleiman highlighted that the northern electorate would gravitate towards a candidate perceived as more inclusive, less controversial, and with a broader national appeal.

He stated,

“The North made a mistake in voting Bola Tinubu to the presidency in 2023, and it is unlikely that they will repeat the same error in the future.

“They have learned from their past misstep and will strive to select a candidate who can unite the country and govern in the best interests of all Nigerians.

“Moving forward, the North will be more cautious in selecting a candidate for the presidency. They will prioritize someone who is seen as more inclusive, less controversial, and more aligned with the interests of all regions of the country.

“The mistake of supporting Tinubu in 2023 has taught them the importance of unity and consensus in selecting a candidate for the highest office in the land.”

In other news, Mr Peter Obi, a former presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) has reacted to rising poverty and hunger in the country. Obi spoke at an online event.

He reminded Nigerians that no religion, ethnicity, or political party can buy food at a lower price in any Nigerian market.

Obi urged Nigerians to work together to shift the country’s focus from consumption to production for the benefit of society.

The former Anambra State governor claimed in a post on his X account on Monday.

According to LP’s past presidential candidate, Nigeria’s numerous issues as a nation may be overcome by unity of effort, teamwork, and mutual respect.

He said:

“In continuation of my Easter Sunday activities yesterday evening, after sharing the Easter joys with the inmates of Onitsha Correctional Centre, yesterday, I was at the Central Mosque, Onitsha to pray with the Muslim Community in the City who are in the last ten days of the Ramadan fasting.
It was heartwarming to see how they were able to judiciously deploy the little resources I gave them last year for the renovation of their mosque.
“I took time to remind them, and indeed every Nigerian, of the need to rise above religion and tribe, but in unity and brotherly love, continue to work hard for the development of our dear nation.
“Our many challenges in our nation can be conquered by a unity of efforts, collaboration, and mutual respect. As I have always maintained, no religion, tribe, or political party buys food cheaper in any market anywhere in Nigeria.
“We must, therefore, join hands in moving our nation from consumption to production, for the good of society. I shared my little Easter gifts, and Financial support with the community and appreciated them for their kind words, encouragement, and prayers.
“Together as one, we will build the New Nigeria.”
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