By Emeka Mamah
The Board of Trustees, BOT, of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has distanced itself from a recent communiqué purported to have been issued by the forum and rejecting the President Goodluck Jonathan as the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the April general elections.
“The ACF BOT is not party to that communiqué and I want to state categorically that the communiqué does not reflect the position of the ACF,” the group’s Vice Chairman BOT, Ambassador Ladan Shuni, said in an interview in Kaduna, yesterday.
According to him, “the issue is that there are some people who do not want to follow the procedure. If you do not want to follow the procedure then you want to jump the gun.
“An ACF communiqué can only be released after the relevant committee has investigated and the report brought before the joint session the NEC and BOT.
“We have various committees handling various issues and it is their responsibility to do reports and investigate and submit to a joint meeting of the NEC and BOT.
“I want you to understand that ACF is not a political organisation. It is a socio-cultural organisation that takes care of the interest of the North.
“If there is any contentious issue, the ACF can only sit and give advice to the relevant authorities.
“Our decisions are advisory because we are not partisan; we do not reflect the interest of any particular political party and we cannot condemn any political parties for their decisions.
“When you take a decision, everybody should be involved; it should not be a sectional opinion.”