2015: Ango Abdullahi gives condition for Southern president


Prof. Ango Abdullahi

Spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi yesterday said northern zone would only allow power shift to south on condition that former petroleum minister, Tam David West is picked for the 2015 presidential race.

Abdullahi who was the Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria said this was because   most Nigerians could no longer trust President Goodluck Jonathan with the leadership of the country, because, according to him, Jonathan had betrayed the process that brought him into office.

Speaking on a Kaduna based Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week, monitored in Kaduna, the former vice chancellor, who has consistently insisted that the Presidency should come to the North in 2015, appeared to have made a sudden u-turn on the issue by canvassing for a southern candidature.

He was, however, quick to add that even though he was canvassing for the return of the Presidency to the North, he would support a candidate like Prof Tam David West as a potential presidential candidate from the South-South.

“I have challenged somebody and told him that let them produce Prof Tam David West as presidential candidate from the South south, I will raise my hands in support because of the issue of competence. There is no way you can compare the President with David West in terms of their records of achievement. There is no doubt in my mind that Tam David West can run this country more efficiently than the current President.

“I am trying to raise the moral ground on which I will not trust the current president because he has not been trustworthy. If he wanted to be trustworthy, he would have to go to the north and say, I was VP to Yar’Adua under a zoning arrangement and that if Umaru had lived, he would have been President for eight years; but Umaru has died and we know it is the right of the North for the remaining period.

“If he had acknowledged this understanding, it would have been purely a different matter,” he said.

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