Group Rebukes ACF, NEF For OpposingJonathan’s Re-Election

The Transformation Agenda Solidarity Forum,
TASOF, on Wednesday dismissed the alleged
opposition of the Northern Elders Forum and
the Arewa Consultative Forum to the re-
election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan
in 2015, saying their view was not
representative of the entire northern people.
The group, led by a former Chairman of the
Federal Character Commission, Alhaji
Muhhamadu Gwaska, said this at a press
conference in Abuja.
Gwaska described an anti-Jonathan re-
election statement credited to NEF as
“unguarded”, adding that both the ACF and
NEF lacked the mandate to speak for the
North.
Describing TASOF as a promoter of
Jonathan’s re-election bid in 2015, Gwaska
said northerners would not require “agent
provocateurs” to think for them.
His words: “As a group with strong
membership of distinguished northerners,
TSAOF wishes to categorically repudiate the
statements and actions of the so called ACF
or NEF and that they do not have the
mandate of the North to speak for the North.
“They are on their own and are motivated by
narrow and parochial interest. Northerners
have their own minds and do not need agent
provocateurs to think for them”.
According to TASOF, the so-called elders
were only pretending to speak for the North,
when in the real sense they had contributed
to the region’s stagnation.
“TSAOF has noted wit revulsion the
unguarded utterances of some mischief
makers who masquerade as northern elders
and pretend to speak for the entire North
regarding the political future of this country.
“In a publicised statement credited to a
group known as Northern Elders Forum and
signed by Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the group
alluded to what they called ‘decision by the
North to stop Joanthan’s reelection’ come
2015.
“It is ironical that the same men whose
politics, practices, actions and inactions over
the years, contributed in no small measure to
stagnate the progress of the North are now
heating up the polity with their false sense of
Messiah”, Gwaska said.
The group lauded the Jonathan
administration for its “various life-changing
projects and programmes he (Jonathan) had
cited in the region”.

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