2019 Polls, Northern Youths Shortlist 12 Candidates for Presidency

As It’s becoming more and
more obvious that our dear
President Muhammadu Buhari
won’t be in a run for a second
time in office due to Health
The Northern Youth Leaders’
Forum (NYLF) has drafted a
list of 12 northern politicians it endorsed as potential presidential candidates for the 2019 general elections.

According to the leader of the
group, Comrade Elliot Afiyo, the
12 persons, Which Includes –

1.Former vice president, Alhaji
Atiku Abubakar.
2.Governor Ibrahim Hassan
Dankwambo of Gombe State.
3.Governor Aminu Tambuwal of
4. The Senate President, Dr.
Bukola Saraki.
5.Former Jigawa State governor,
Alhaji Sule Lamido.
6.Governor Nasir El-rufai of
Kaduna State.
7.Former Kano State governor,
Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
8. Former Borno State governor,
Senator, Ali Modu Sheriff.
9.Governor Ibrahim Shettima of
Borno State.
10.Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar
Yari of Zamfara State.
11.Alhaji Tanimu Turaki.
12.Sen. Bala Muhammed.

have emerged as respectable presidential candidates from the

The group said it was disturbed
by the ‘scheming’ and ‘maneuvers’
in the country suggesting southern interest in the 2019 presidency
and reiterated that the north
should retain the presidency in

Comrade Afiyo said:

“We want to reiterate and clearly
warn that the North will not,
and will never allow presidency
to move to the South in 2019.

“As much as we can tolerate or
pay any sacrifice for the unity of
this country, we remain committed
to a northern president in 2019.”

Afiyo said the group had forwarded
the names of the endorsed persons
to its patrons and the leadership
of the 42 affiliated organisations to
Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) for screening and for the endorsement of only two candidates who will be considered during its 15th Annual National Convention coming up in
September, 2017, in Kano.

“We want to send a message to all political parties that may field
southern presidential candidates
in 2019 election that such action
will amount to committing a
political suicide,”
a statement by the group said.

It warned northern leaders to
desist from supporting candidates
from the South and insisted that
such action would be counter-
productive to their irreversible
decision for a 2019 northern

The group further called on all
northern youths to embrace
dialogue and peace, and not
to allow themselves to be swayed
by those who use religion and
ethnicity to divide the north and
gain political advantage.
Afiyo said NYLF was strongly instrumental to the emergence of “Olusegun Obasanjo, Musa
Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan
as well as current President Muhammadu Buhari as presidents
in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015,
respectively, without regional bias.”

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