BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI – Elder Statesman and former Minister of Steel, Wantaregh Paul Unongo has declared that the Northern Elders Forum, NEF would support a northern presidential candidate at the 2015 general election.
Unongo who is the deputy leader and spokesman of the forum made the declaration at the weekend while interacting with Journalists at his Makurdi residence.
He lamented that the North has not been fairly treated under the present administration, “particularly in structural allocations” adding that “we would rationalize on that at the appropriate time”.
The former Minister further vowed that whoever or whichever presidential candidate the NEF throws its weight behind at the polls would win the election given the numerical strength of the north.
While expressing worry over the crisis rocking the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, Unongo said he felt insulted by the conduct of the Governors because they are “Chief Executives who are supposed to drive, institutionalize and solidify the democratic process.
“Our heads of government ruling Nigeria have not been able to do the right thing. These are jokers. You think this thing will not fall back on you and your country? What are you teaching your children?” Unongo lamented.
The elder statesman who reiterated his support for the state of emergency declared in some northern states by President Jonathan, Unongo maintained that it was the proper thing for anybody to do in the circumstance.
On June 12 and the democratic process in the country, the NEF spokesman said nothing much had changed from what he described as “the same military system” adding that true democracy should have respect for human dignity.