The Presidential candidate of People’s Trust ( PT),Mr. Gbenga Olawepo Hashim
has appealed to chieftains of the Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) to continue to promote peace and sustainable development in the country.
He commended the contribution of Arewa Consulative Forum (ACF) to politics and nation-building, saying ACF’s contributions to national development could not be wished away.
Speaking at the ACF’ s headquarters in Kaduna while on a courtesy call, Olawepo Hashim urged the Arewa Leaders to support his candidature in the 2019 Presidential election in order to overcome the alleged, misrule of the present Government.
Nigeria,he said ,had gone through era of economic uncertainty and insecurity.
“I am ready to provide the needed leadership for unity and development,” he said.
Reacting,the ACF chairman,Alhaji Musa Liman Kwande said ACF as a non partisan body would support the emergence of a credible Presidential candidate that will promote peace, unity and development of Nigeria in 2019 elections.
The Arewa leaders, pointed out that the ACF would not openly canvass support for any individual candidate in the forthcoming polls but will sensitise Nigerians to elect the credible Presidential candidate who will chart a path for development, peace, justice and the rule of law in the country.
The northern leaders who received the Presidential Candidate of the Trust Party, Hashim and other members of the party to the ACF secretariat in Kaduna yesterday, explained that already the Arewa elders have concluded plans to sensitize Nigerians in an enlightenment campaign to educate them on the choice of a credible President for the 2019 general elections.
The Acting Chairman of ACF, Alhaji Musa Liman Kwande in his address said that “the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), as you are aware, is a non-partisan, non-political, non-religious body devoid of any ethnic or tribal, sentiments.Thus, its status as the foremost Northern socio-cultural organization which tries to promote peace, unity, justice and the rule of law, with the main thrust to promoting and protecting the interest and
development of North and its people, within the context of one indivisible Nation, is not in question.”
According to him, “In our non-partisan disposition, we do not align ourselves to any individual or political party. Rather, We strive to weigh the scale on what is good for the North in particular, and the overall good of the Nation.”
Alhaji Kwande said “I understand that you have availed yourself to contest for the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019, under the platform of
the People’s Trust (PT). I feel quite enthused to acknowledge the emergence of new breed politicians like your humble self vying for the various elective offices in our nascent democratic dispensation which, by and large, has the potential to engender healthy political process as we strive to
consolidate on the achievements recorded so far.”
“As you are quite aware, Nigeria’s political and
democratic terrain, at this moment in time, is fraught with negative underpinning that we must all, as citizens and political actors, cultivate the will and courage, to free our country from all that we see could militate against its progress and development in all ramifications.”
“Nigeria’s emergence in a multi-party democracy is a healthy development in our onerous task of nation building. It is therefore significant, under the prevailing situation in our
nationhood, to witness quite a prolific array of political formations and platforms under which each and every Nigerian can have expression.”
The ACF leader argued that ” We therefore welcome the emergence of political parties and your good self as the Presidential candidate of one of the new parties – The People’s Trust (PT). As we hold the belief that every aspirant to the Office of the President of our great country should have an articulate and thorough blueprint that will
catapult the country to be among the comity of great nations.”
“We expect to see genuinely, the very positive and pragmatic policies and measures put in place to fight against corruption, insecurity,
impunity, anarchy and a host of other disingenuous activities which, if not effectively contained, would certainly be the bane of our progress and
development as a people and one cohesive nation. ”
“ACF therefore appeals to you leaders of your various political parties to ensure that you live by the letters and spirit of the Abuja Peace Accord put up by the National Peace Committee under the Former Head of State General Abdulsalam Abubakar, GCFR, which you all signed and pledged to uphold. We expect you to run issue-based campaign and refrain
from all forms of incitements, be it religious, tribal or ethnic both by yourselves and all agents acting for or on your behalf.”
” We urge you to seriously commit yourselves and your political parties to peaceful campaign and strict adherence to the Peace Accord”, he added.
He warned against political thuggery and rigging of the 2019 general elections, the ACF Chieftain said, “As you are fully aware previous elections were marred by violence caused by the behavior of some members of political parties and their supporters, we cannot afford to have a repeat of such in 2019.”
” In this respect, we appeal to the Police and other security agencies involved in ensuring peaceful election to live above board and maintain neutrality
in the performance of their assignments. We equally
call on INEC to be an impartial umpire in the conduct
of the 2019 general elections and ensure that a fair
level playing ground is provided to all political parties and their candidates.”
“On our part, the Forum has put in place a sensitization program that will enlighten the
electorates on peaceful conduct of election, which
comprise Radio and TV jingles, Suggestions to all Nigerians pamphlet on electing credible and trusted politicians and adverts in the print media as our token contributions to peaceful conduct of election.
We also call on other NGOs and CSOs to join efforts in the sensitization campaign.”