The Presidential flagbearer of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dumebi Kachikwu, has slammed the Northern Christain Leaders Consultative Forum over their adoption of Atiku Abubakar as their choice for the presidency.
Naija News recalls that one of its prominent members of the forum and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, had endorsed the Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
However, some members of the forum swiftly dissociated themselves from Obi’s endorsement, saying that Lawal was on his own as consultations were still ongoing.
On Friday, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and other members in his camp named the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as their preferred candidate.
Reacting to the development in a chat with Vanguard, Kachikwu said Nigerians cannot the decision of the Dogara group seriously, saying that such action does not resonate with the citizens.
He said: “Nigerians will take statements and resolutions like this seriously the day INEC starts issuing PVCs to associations and groups but for now it is one man, one vote. Such groups only speak for their membership.
“It is the same way sections of the media tout some as the leading presidential candidates even though they show a decline in cognitive and physical abilities, offer no solutions to our myriad problems or tout fake numbers and statistics.
“This is happening at a time when our nation is confronted with a war that has had devastating consequences on her people and economy.
“This is a period when over 133 million Nigerians are said to be poor and about 50 million unemployed. We have multifaceted problems that threaten our very existence, and this is no time for us to let primordial sentiments becloud our judgement.
“The next President of Nigeria must in very clear terms tell Nigerians how he will create jobs for our youths and identify the specific industries that will anchor that employment.
“Our President must tell us how he plans to bring this war to an end, and protect our borders, highways, and farmlands. He should tell us how he intends to manage our diversities, grow our economy and build an efficient workforce that can compete globally.
“The next Nigerian President owes us all the duty of spelling out his plan to fix our infrastructural deficits, pay off our debts, grow tourism, and support our small businesses.
“This is what I and other Presidential candidate owe the Nigerian people. This is what I am doing everyday.”