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Arewa group urges APC, PDP to back Igbo presidential candidate

By Adamu Abuh (Abuja) and Murtala Adewale (Kano)
18 February 2022   |   4:01 am
A non-governmental, Arewa Support Group for Igbo President 2023, has appealed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pave way for the South East to produce the country’s president in 2023.

‘Buhari’s successor must not be older than 50 years’
A non-governmental, Arewa Support Group for Igbo President 2023, has appealed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pave way for the South East to produce the country’s president in 2023.

The group believes it is time for the political elite to support an Igbo candidate to become president in the interest of equity.

Addressing journalists in Kano, yesterday, National Coordinator of the group, Mustapha Imam, regretted that the South East geopolitical zone remained the only region among the major ethnic groups to occupy the highest political office in the country, since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999.

Imam explained that the group resolved to mobilise support for any candidate from the zone after due consultation with stakeholders as well as opinion and interest groups in the country.

ALSO, some youths from the North Central geopolitical zone have insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor must not be older than 50 years old.

APC North Central Zonal Youth Leader, Terver Aginde, during a sensitisation and capacity building retreat for youths in Abuja, yesterday, called on the teeming population of youths in the country to actualise the goal.

The youth leader, who frowned on money politics, enjoined the APC leadership to adhere to the advice of President Buhari for youth mainstreaming in its affairs of the party.

Aginde maintained that the APC’s success could not be written completely without acknowledging the contribution of youths and women right from 2015.

He, therefore, called on the youths not to allow current opportunity of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act signed by Buhari to pass them by.

“I am happy that about three Nigerian youths are coming out to contest positions as high as national chairmanship of the party. We are making progress with that and we will queue behind them to see if we can achieve the feat,” he added.