An elder statesman and ex-Minister for Special Duties in the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, Alhaji Muhammed Bello Kirfi, has warned the North that the 2015 general election is the last chance the region has to vote out the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Kirfi, stated this yesterday in Bauchi, in his goodwill message at the inaugural lecture of the Bauchi Generational Leadership Awareness Initiative, entitled, ‘National Conference: National Unity and the North’, which was delivered by Barrister Solomon Dalung, saying that the region would be worse off than what it is now if the party is voted for again.
The former Minister stated that the North had suffered enough under the PDP rule, saying that the North had to take its destiny in its hands and vote the ruling party out in the next year’s general election.
He said that Nigeria needed a change at all levels.
Kirfi, who holds the traditional title of Wazirin Bauchi, stated that what was happening to the North now would be a child’s play compared to what it would further be subjected to if the region voted for the PDP in 2015.
Kirfi stated that the ruling party had deviated from the dreams of its founding fathers, who he said he was one of them, particularly on the rotational presidency, adding that he left the party in 2005 having realized that the party had deviated.
“The PDP, which we established with good intentions, adopted rotation to ensure equality, south four years, north four years. PDP proved to me that it is not the party we expected it to be. Therefore, I must speak to you and tell you that this is the last chance for the North, 2015. If you make a mistake to vote for PDP, the North’s situation will be worse off,” Kirfi stated.
Kirfi urged Nigerians, particularly Northerners, to be vigilant and vote for leaders who were selfless and committed to the cause of the common man at all levels.
According to him, the late Sardaunan of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, remained relevant to the North today as he was when he was alive because he did not only had the interest of the North and Northerners but also worked hard for the emancipation and development of the region.
“Ahmadu Bello did a lot for the North and Northerners and that is why his name in Nigeria, particularly among the Northerners, remains indelible till today and will remain forever,” Kirfi said.
Speaking in the same vein, the Secretary of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, who was the chairman of the occasion, declared that people should not only vote against President Goodluck Jonathan in next year’s elections but also all candidates fielded by the PDP.
The former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, emphatically stated that President Jonathan ought not to contest for the Presidency again next year, saying that the North should be allowed to complete its eight-year tenure since the South, through President Obasanjo, did eight years.
Prof Abdullahi stated that though the North did not chose the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, it was natural for the region to complete the tenure of the late President on his demise, adding that Jonathan was not supposed to contest the 2011 election.
He lambasted the 15 PDP Northern governors for being part of the plot to adopt President Jonathan as the sole PDP presidential candidate for next year’s presidential election, declaring that the governors had sold the North off, asking “in whose behalf are the governors are selling us in the North?”
Abdullahi stated that the PDP was not treating the North equitably, telling the people of the region that, “since the party is not treating the North equitably, we should vote it out.”