The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, or AYCF, has pledged to ensure that the country’s next president is elected in 2023 from the northern part of the country.
The North, according to AYCF National President Yerima Shettima, would mobilise people to collect their Permanent Voters Cards, or PVCs, in order to vote for a presidential candidate from the region.
According to a Daily Post storey, Shettima stated that because politics is a numbers game, the North would mobilise and ensure that Nigeria’s next president is created.
In response to Southerners’ call for a rotating presidency, Shettima predicted that the North would produce a young and capable president in 2023.
“We will mobilise our people to collect their PVCs because democracy is all about numbers, and we will get the numbers that will determine who will be the next president of this nation, no turning back,” he stated.
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“Southern governors must lower their heads and lobby; let’s talk, agree, and negotiate, because democracy is about lobbying, understanding, and respect for one another, not intimidating one another.
“We would fight for a Nigerian president of Northern ancestry; we are not aiming for a Southern presidency the way they are; we are striving for a Nigerian president of Northern ancestry.
“He would be seasoned, young, and capable, with something to offer, and we would create synergy.”
On the question of banning open grazing, the AYCF National President stated that the Southern governors reserve the authority to do so.
Northern governors, on the other hand, were tasked with making arrangements for herders to return to the north and continue their trade.
Shettima also suggested that Northern governors enact legislation to prevent Southerners living in the North from engaging in illegal activities.
“The problem of open grazing is a personal one, therefore if the governors decide they don’t want anyone to graze on their land, they have the right to do so.
“However, the Northern governors will investigate other sectors and businesses held by Southerners that promote negativity among our kids in the North. They should enact legislation to put a stop to it.
“The Northern governors should have the bravery to produce lands for them so that they can bring their livestock back to the North and graze,” he said.
Shettima had previously stated that the North would have four years to dominate Nigeria when President Muhammadu Buhari’s term ended in 2023