Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum(NGF) and Niger State Governor Mu’azu Banbagida Aliyu yesterday said the North will present a united candidate for the 2015 presidential election in line with aspirations of the people of the region.
Speaking during the forum’s meeting in Kaduna, he said since the interest of the people of the region is paramount, they will use political party platform to promote such interest in fulfilment of the campaign pledges made to the Northerners.
“We must also know that by 2015, we are going as united constituent group. There were times when we went as constitutionalists and federalists, and some as regionalists, this time around; we must do everything possible within the time period to unite ourselves and to go that time as a united group.
“The interest of the people is paramount, we must understand that, and we must also understand that political parties are platforms and it is the interest of our own people that should guide our actions, our interests and our activities,” he said.
Aliyu also cautioned former head of state, General Mohammadu Buhari against making inflammatory statements capable of affecting the fragile unity and security of the country.
He noted the emerging trend of destructive political activities in the nation ostensibly to prepare the grounds for the actualisation of some people’s political ambition.
On Sardauna foundation, he said the foundation has a total bank and investment portfolio of N2.3 billion. He said amount comprises of redemption of pledges amounting to N1.829billion, and interest and proceeds from the investments amounts to N517million.
Governors that attended the meeting are: Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna, Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto, Gabriel Suswam of Benue, Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina and Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa.
Others are Governor Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi; Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno and Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau, who has not attended the meeting for a very long time. The remaining state governors were represented by their deputies and SSGs.