Youths under the umbrella of the North East Stakeholders Forum of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have rejected the open endorsement of Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai as the best running mate for the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu by the Tinubu Support Organisation (TSO).
On Monday, the Director-General of TSO, Aminu Suleiman in Kaduna said that after a consultative meeting with critical stakeholders of the party in the North-West geopolitical zone of the country, they decided that El-Rufai is the best among the contenders being proposed as running mate to Tinubu. The DG noted that as the single largest voting bloc in Nigeria, the North-West should be allowed to produce the next Vice President come 2023.
The Chairman of the APC North-East Youth Stakeholders Forum, Haruna Sardauna who reacted to the development, on Monday night urged Nigerians to reject the endorsement of el-Rufai.
He also called on President Muhammadu Buhari; APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and the party’s standard bearer, not to shift focus away from the North-East region for the sake of justice and equity.
“The North East should be given the slot, considering the sacrifices the region has made for the party in the 2015 and 2019 general elections. North-East APC Youth Stakeholders Forum on behalf of our region wants the party and President Muhammadu Buhari to zone the VP slot to our region unconditionally.
“For President Muhammadu Buhari’s election as Nigeria’s president in 2015 and 2019, the area (North-East) donated more than 70 per cent of their votes in both elections. In our view, it’s time for the North-East to be recognized not only for their role in ousting a sitting President but also for supporting Buhari and the APC’s progressive principles.
“It’s not wrong to say this is our time, and it’s not right to deny this opportunity to our region, morally. Choosing a vice president from a different region would be political suicide because of the significant amount of votes from the region, especially when Atiku emerged as the PDP’s flagbearer.
“It is on the basis of the reality that a son of the region must serve as Vice President in order to secure our region’s bloc votes, we offer this recommendation.
“It is our hope that our dear President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Working Committee of our great party will take these concerns seriously and do the essential for the progress and success of our party and country,” he said.