The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) on Tuesday claimed that only the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, and Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State are truly backing the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Speaking to Daily Post, AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima, warned that other APC, aside the trio, are against Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
Cautioning the former Lagos State governor on the attitudes of the state governors on the platform of the party, the Arewa group president said Tinubu has what it takes to get it right in 2023.
According to him, some APC governors are negotiatiiong with the opposition and paying lip service to Tinubu’s ambition.
He warned Tinubu against relying on only governors, stressing that the governors are going to let him down.
AYCF National President claimed that a lot of the governors are not committed and not serious to Tinubu’s course.
According to Shettima: “APC has all it takes to get it right, but the body language of the governors is not encouraging. The body language of the governors other than those that have demonstrated the willingness to do it right like Mattawalle, Yahaya Bello, and El-Rufai, others are just paying lip services.
“They are just paying lip service that they would promise but fail; apart from these governors I mentioned, the other APC governors are not harmonizing anything even in their state.
“The APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, should realize that they are not serious or trying to let him down. Relying on only governors this time around would not help matters; he should go down and meet leaders of stakeholders of various groups and work with them so that when the chips are down, the governors will be left with no choice but to come back.
“Some of them go behind to negotiate with the opposition; apart from those I mentioned, a lot of them are not with him, and their body language does not indicate seriousness.
“If they want to support Tinubu, they should, and if they are not interested, they should come out like other governors and say no, they are not working with him, just like Wike who says he’s a PDP member but won’t work with Atiku.”
Speaking further, he said Tinubu’s decision to pick Senator Kashim Shettima as running mate was a masterstroke, as the Muslim-Muslim ticket would get sympathy votes from the North.
“Tinubu will pull sympathy votes from the North; the vote in the Northern part of the country will be split, so he will take as much as possible.
“Most of the votes in the North will not come in blocs as it has always been; the 2023 election is coming with a lot of dynamics that you can predict, and it won’t be business as usual.
“Anybody who tells you that the North will give you full vote either on the religious or ethnic ground is lying; it won’t work,” he said.