We Express Regret Over Voting for Tinubu – Northern Elders Outline Strategies for 2027

The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has come forward to express that a growing number of Nigerians within the region are beginning to lament their decision to support President Bola Tinubu during the pivotal 2023 election cycle.

Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the spokesperson for the forum, articulated this sentiment during an interview with The Guardian on Tuesday.

He emphasized that in forthcoming elections, particularly the anticipated 2027 general elections, the region will place a heightened emphasis on fostering unity and achieving consensus in the selection process for the highest office in Nigeria.

Reflecting on past choices, Suleiman remarked, “The North committed an error by casting their votes in favor of Bola Tinubu for the presidency in 2023, and it seems improbable that they will replicate this mistake in future electoral endeavors.”

Continuing his statement, he highlighted the importance of learning from previous missteps, affirming that the North will endeavor to nominate a candidate capable of fostering national unity and governing in the collective interest of all Nigerians.

Looking ahead, Suleiman emphasized that the North will exercise greater caution in nominating presidential candidates, prioritizing individuals who are perceived as more inclusive, less contentious, and better aligned with the diverse interests of all regions across the nation.

Recalling historical events, it is pertinent to note that President Bola Tinubu, representing the All Progressives Congress, APC, garnered the highest number of votes from the region, securing victory over his principal opponents, including a fellow Northerner, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

However, since assuming office in May 2023, President Tinubu has faced considerable criticism from various quarters, particularly concerning certain policies of his administration, which have been vehemently denounced by the opposition as detrimental to the masses.

Additionally, Northern advocacy groups have accused Tinubu of exhibiting bias in his federal government appointments, alleging a disproportionate allocation of positions favoring specific regions within the country.

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