Stella Dimoko Northern Youths Shortlist Atiku, Saraki, Lamido, Others For 2019 Presidency


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Northern Youths Shortlist Atiku, Saraki, Lamido, Others For 2019 Presidency

The National Chairman of the Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) has shortlisted 11 names of northern politicians it endorsed as potential presidential candidates for the 2019 general elections. 

Leader of the group, Comrade Elliot Afiyo, who disclosed this, said five of the 11 persons, namely, Senator Bala Muhammed, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto emerged as respectable presidential candidates from the North.

Others are the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, former Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State, former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, former Borno State governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Governor Ibrahim Shettima of Borno State and Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara State.

The group said it is disturbed by the ‘scheming’ and ‘maneuvers’ in the country suggesting southern interest in the 2019 presidency and reiterated that the north should retain the presidency in 2019, a position it had communicated to the south-west political leaders during a meeting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on June 6, 2017.

Afiyo said the group has forwarded the names of the endorsed persons to its patrons and the leadership of the 42 affiliated organisations to Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) for screening and for the endorsement of only two candidates who will be considered during its 15th Annual National Convention coming up in September, 2017, in Kano.

It warned northern leaders to desist from supporting candidates from the South and insisted that such action would be counter productive to their irreversible decision for a 2019 northern presidency. The group further called on all northern youths to embrace dialogue and peace, and not to allow themselves to be swayed by those who use religion and ethnicity to divide the north and gain political advantage.

Afiyo said NYLF was strongly instrumental to the emergence of “Olusegun Obasanjo, Musa Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan as well as current President Muhammadu Buhari as presidents in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015, respectively, without regional bias. The group said its actions are always guided by national interest far above any other interest.

On the quit notice to Igbo by some sections of the Northern youth group, Afiyo said the agitators were angry members who felt they were used and abandoned by the All Progressives Congress (APC) politicians. “We consider the quit notice as ill advised, ill-timed and uncalled for. We strongly believe the groups of northern youths were motivated, encouraged and sponsored by some individuals who felt cheated by both the federal government and some state governments controlled by the APC.

“These individuals were used and dumped; no recognition or appreciation was extended to them. They are, therefore, bent on destabilising the government,” he said. The forum also inferred that the coalition of northern youth’s reckless action might have been incited by “our Igbo brothers insult and abuse of other nationalities, especially the northerners, calling us cows and parasites.”

The statement further said: “We condemn in strongest terms, the approach of our brothers in issuing an ultimatum to Igbo. No nation or ethnic nationality can survive on its own without the support and help of another. “Northerners need the Igbo, the Igbo need the Yoruba, and Yoruba need the Hausa. We are totally against the balkanisation of Nigeria. We know the price the North paid for the unity of this country.

We are more determined, committed and willing to continue to pay the price to keep this country one; not because we are afraid of our brothers from the east, west and south, nor are we afraid of the future, but for the labour of our heroes past.” The forum said advised all groups to operate within the ambits of the rule of law and strongly condemned the use of violence and hate speech in the country.

It also called on the federal government and the Inspector General of Police to, “withdraw, forthwith, the directive to arrest the signatories of the Kaduna declaration.” “We believe our brothers in the South have said more than what our brothers said and were not arrested.

There is, therefore, no justification for the arrest.” The statement went on to appeal to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to call for a meeting of genuine leaders of the northern youths and southern youths to find a way forward for the country. The group challenged the presidency to release the reports of the past constitutional conferences and constitute a committee to look into the recommendations of the conferences with a view to charting a way forward on restructuring the country.

*Is there Vacancy in 2019`?????


  1. Demm alll dey 'craz'wetin hausa dey find again..Demon fire dem all!.

    1. Lol. These youths are comedians. It is one only one person that makes sense in the list and that is Dankwambo, governor of Gombe. The rest will just occupy space. Is it zamfara governor that said meningitis is God's punishment for adultery abi el rufai that just talks anyhow or atiku that has haliburton scam attached to his name. Forget sheriff or shettima, I don't have anything to say about them.

  2. So no Chronicles today?

    *Larry was here*

  3. N we all knw Atiku is a big thief,even saraki that was recently taken to court over asset declaration, this is y my Naija cannot move forward,lamido is somhow better sha, recycling thieves all d time, we r indeed d causer of our problems.

    1. My dear, I don't even understand, they are still naming thieves for presidency, the suffering they have suffered so far isn't enough. Most of them hardly feed, but they would rather die of hunger than vote a non hausa muslim, the country belongs to all of us this is why people like Kanu and the militants are angry (I don't support them either) but it has to go round, we the christains can't only be ruling by chance (Goodluck and osibanjo) let's be given a chance it's our own country as well. I thank God for God cause at the end of the day, they can only plan but God would put them to shame, just the way He has been doing

  4. All of them for the precidency? Ok oo. Make una cucuma carry ado rock for head.

  5. This is what my people should be thinking about not shouting Biafra up and down.

  6. Aren't the youths ashamed of themselves for wanting to recycle the same people that have been there for a long time,I mean some are far as their fathers or maybe their grandfathers.
    Shame on the youths if this news is true.

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  8. Who is Northern Youths? They are all looking for money. Who on earth will shortlist Atiku and Saraki as possible Presidential candidate come 2019. God will disappoint the Northerners come 2019.

  9. Is this democracy or zone-nocracy? The way some of this northerners behave is so if a credible candidate that isn't from the north contest and wins,there will be bloodshed right?

    Nigeria, which way?

  10. Sick people everywhere
    Old men with no vision. Thief's
    What happen to the youth of this country


  11. May God help this nation. May the inferno of God melt away on to desolation, those principalities and powers gathering themselves to disintegrate this nation .

  12. The only sensible northern vote I can cast is the emir of kano, Sanusi.I also think he's d only one that I know (there may b others I don't know) that can give Osibanjo a run. Others are just ni.c.m.p. like d guy in London.

  13. 2019 hopefully,will be a year that redefines the status quo.

  14. They are unserious elements

  15. Thank God they are irrelevant so no one cares what they think

  16. Ewwww, ghen they're already chopping for replacement for Buhari........smh.....Nigeria na wa

  17. Awon alainronu dede. E ma ba eru yin nibode, ole o ni gbe. Shior!!!

  18. When I read the sheer arrogance of these guys I feel nothing but pity for them. Northern youth this northern youth that, yet you want Nigeria to be one but everything should be about your region and how they want it.
    You don't want igbos to go but you don't want those who threatened to mop them up if they don't live by October to be arrested because according to you worse have been said by other ppl. What kind of country is this?!
    I am not a fan of Nnamdi Kanu but I want this country to divide! There is no unity, there is no future, there is no plan.
    Just these idiots screaming about zoning and hustling for leadershi.
    See the one buhari fought and got only to leave us worse than we have ever been and these clowns have the guts to suggest the same group of men for 2019 when the one you put there the last time is still in London.
    Imagine the threat on any northerner supporting a southerner, yet when you chose this your candidates you want igbos to support him.
    Senseless read, sad's 2019 and this is what a group calling themselves youths are bothered about when their mates are trying to find cure for cancer
    Utter rubbish


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