By Luka Binniyat
ABUJA—The Middle Belt Dialogue, MDB, made up of minority ethnic nationalities of the North, yesterday expressed dismay and anger over the exclusion of Dr. Sarah Jubril from the list of Northern candidates the Northern Leaders Political Forum, NLPF, is seeking to choose a consensus candidate from to represent the region during the forthcoming presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The MBD also called for the self-disbandment of the NLPF and urged women to stage protest against the activities of the Forum.
A statement signed yesterday on behalf of the group by Jonathan Asake, former presidential assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, said the NPLF, led by Mallam Adamu Ciroma, was bias against Sarah Jibrin because she is a woman and also a Christian from a minority tribe of the Middle Belt.
Sarah Jubril, a Nupe Christian from Kwara State, who had since bought the presidential nomination form of the PDP, was the second runner-up in the much talked about 1993 Jos convention of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP.
She had been a vocal critic of both military and civilian governments.
The group said: “In the self-appointed role of the Ciroma-led NLPF in arranging for a consensus candidate for the North, only Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Bukola Saraki are recognised as the candidates of the North in the PDP presidential race.”