2023 Presidency: North dumps Atiku, others endorse AFDB boss

From Solomon Swem, Yola

The presidential ambition of former Vice president Atiku Abubakar and other northeners contesting for the presidency has suffered huge setback, as northern group endorsed the president of African Development Bank AFDB, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for the top job.

The group called Northern Coalition Progressive (NCP) yesterday endorsed the president of African Development Bank AFDB Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, as the only presidential candidate of the North.

The leader of the Group Dr. Godwin Yakubu said, in a press statement issued after the marathon meeting of the 19 northern States executives of the group that, they carefully examined all the presidential aspirants in both people’s Democratic party PDP and All Progressive Congress APC, but could not get a candidate with the capability to reform the country’s battered economy.

The statement maintained that the choice of Adesina was based on his track records of how he reformed the Agricultural sector during his tenure as the minister of agriculture and the gigantic reformations going on at AFDB.

Part of the statement read, “we are not interested in the region the presidential candidate comes from, we are not interested in his religion, what we are interested in is his ability to revive the economy of Nigeria.

“We look at all the presidential aspirants background and administrative history, we discovered that none of the aspirants has the capability to revive our battered economy.

“We want president Muhammadu Buhari, to know that the only lasting legacy he can boast after leaving office is to support Adesina to takeover from him.”

The northern group noted that Nigeria cannot be run on region or religion or political parties, because all these formulae have failed Nigerians.

Yakubu said that the Presidency of Adesina will restore the dented image of Nigeria as the giant of Africa.

The leader of the group pointed out that it will mobilize 30 million votes for Adesina from the North to enable him become the president.


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