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Pro-Sylva Arewa group urges Northern presidential aspirants to step down

By Abdulganiyu Alabi, Kaduna
11 May 2022   |   4:01 am
Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary election, the Coalition of Arewa Forum for Good Governance (CAFGG) has advised all Northern presidential aspirants, in the interest of fairness, to drop their ambition, and allow a Southerner to rule.

Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary election, the Coalition of Arewa Forum for Good Governance (CAFGG) has advised all Northern presidential aspirants, in the interest of fairness, to drop their ambition, and allow a Southerner to rule.

The North-based mobilisation group, which asserted that President Muhammadu Buhari has exhausted the North’s presidential slot, also announced the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, as a reliable contender to succeed Buhari.

In a press statement signed by the Coordinator, Garba Yunusa, CAFGG also urged the ruling APC to give Sylva the presidential ticket, describing him as the only aspirant among those that purchased form that could help the party win the 2023 general election without stress.

The group said the former governor of Bayelsa State had convincingly demonstrated ability to perform and deliver dividends of democracy during his days as governor and has continued to do as a minister.

While urging all APC members to put the future of Nigeria ahead of personal interest during the coming primaries, the group explained its preference of Sylva to other aspirants.

“We are supporting Sylva as a group from the North because, as governor, he was focused, kind and provided the needed security for our brothers in Bayelsa. That he sponsored so many Muslims to Saudi Arabia for Hajj is clear evidence that he’s a unifying factor between Christians and Muslims.

“We are happy to also acknowledge that the passage and eventual signing into law of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) by Buhari under his reign as minister was indeed a great feat that has helped to stabilise the oil industry,” it added.

CAFGG also described Sylva’s award of the contract to revive the Kaduna Refining and Petro-chemical Company (KRPC) as a great feat that would help the economy of the 19 northern states and the country.