The Convener of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) Professor Ango Abdullahi, has listed the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso as the best candidates vying for the presidential seat.
Abdullahi also names the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo as someone capable of piloting the affairs of the country.
Speaking about the 2023 general elections, Abdullahi told Vanguard that the candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, and that of the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar cannot fix Nigeria.
He said, “No, we still haven’t got the man we think will fix Nigeria. What we have on ground is not good enough. How can you look at Tinubu and Atiku to say they are the ones who will fix this country?
”They have been on the ground for the last 25, 30 years, and so on. What have they done? What are we looking for? I was the one who encouraged a technocrat to join this consensus. You probably had seen Mohammed Hayatu Deen in the group of people going around looking for a consensus arrangements in PDP. I was one of those who encouraged him. We haven’t got the materials on the ground, unfortunately.
“Peter Obi, unfortunately, I don’t know him that much. He is a young man, he was the former governor of Anambra State, and he is a businessman.
“He (Kwankwaso) is a good, young man. He started his politics with us, and he is quite smart—no doubt about it. Of course, he had some of these debts that he acquired, or he must have picked in other political formations and so on, but clearly, he is one of the bright ones around—no doubt about that.
“I believe we have not had good array of politicians. With due respect to some of them that one saw contesting, I am not being selfish here by referring to certain people like Prof. Osinbajo. He is a quality material, but the political system will not tolerate him,” Abdullahi stressed.
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