The north central zone of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Wednesday disassociated itself from the endorsement of All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate for the forthcoming election.
Speaking on behalf of the zone, Alhaji Sule Audu, said at a news conference in Makurdi, that the recent endorsement by a section of ACF which held in Kaduna State negates the constitution of the organisation.
“We (North-Central) completely disassociate from that endorsement. And we urge all northerners to go out on Saturday and vote for a candidate of their choice,” he said.
Sule who is a staunch member of ACF and Majority Leader of the Benue State House of Assembly, added that the decision of a group of elders who met in Kaduna to adopt Buhari’s candidature for the election does not represent the views of the organisation’s whole interest.
He said the constitution of ACF does not permits the organization to align with particular candidates as its membership is devoid of political, religious and tribal affiliation, stressing that many northerners who are part of the forum are contesting for same position.
Audu added, “at state and management levels, the organization constituted of many northerners who belong to various political parties just as Buhari and PDP’s Atiku Abubakar are both serving as Board of Trustees of the organization.”