The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has stated that northerners would not be treated as second class citizens ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
According to the CNG, the north has the population to decide who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari and retain political power beyond 2023.
Recall that the Southern Governors during their meeting in Enugu last Thursday insisted that they would not support any party that fields a northerner as a presidential candidate in 2023.
However, NEF spokesperson, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, had stated that anyone who doesn’t want a northerner as president in 2023 can leave the country when it happens.
He stated this while speaking at the maiden Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series held at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, on Saturday.
Supporting NEF’s stand, the CNG asked the Southern Governors to stop blackmailing the north to support a southerner or shift power to the South.
In a statement in Abuja, on Monday, Spokesman for the CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said no one can threaten the region to support them.
He stressed that the north has the majority of the votes and democracy says votes win elections.
It reads in parts: “The North would no longer submit to threats and blackmail which Southern politicians feel is their only path to the Presidency.”
Naija News reports that there has been a clamour for the two major political parties in the country to zone their presidential ticket to the south.