Omeiza Ajayi

A group of emerging Northern leaders, on Thursday canvassed greater support for power shift to the Southern part of the country, with specific reference to the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who they predicted would emerge as Nigeria’s next president.

The leaders who are members of 100% Focus Movement, a pro-Tinubu Northern Coalition, said the South does not have a choice, but to vote for Tinubu.

Leader of the Coalition, Ibrahim Mohammed, said the entire South, particularly the South West, needs to vote him in appreciation of his developmental efforts in the region.

He said: “We don’t have anything to say to the South-west to vote for Asiwaju. It is not an option for them, they need to [vote him] because he has given back to them. It is the only way to say thank you. So I don’t have to go and convince the south-west, even the south entirely.

“Where I have a problem is where I come from, which is the north. So, they are thinking that there is a mistake and they believe the next government is meant to come from the north.

“Jagaban is our focus today. The Southwest has been successful in this democratic journey because of Tinubu who was able to mentor people who went on to become governors of other states in the zone.

“We are focusing on the North because we believe Nigeria is meant for everyone and that the South as represented by Tinubu should be supported.

“We are going round the nooks and cranny of the north to sell the candidacy of Tinubu.

“There is so much noise by online scammers. You have to be disobedient for you to be obedient so you can vote for Tinubu. That is our message to the South where online scammers called obidients are making so much noise in the social media.

“We are going to visit Rivers, Ebonyi, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states soon. We are going to meet with the minorities in these places”, he stated.

Speaking earlier, Labib Mahmood, a coordinator in the group, said Tinubu has the experience to tackle the challenges confronting the country.

“We have seen a leader (Tinubu) who has had organic growth. He was a senator, became a governor, became a regional leader and national leader within 20 years,” Mahmood said.

“He has had enough experience to tackle complexities and difficulties of our beloved country and that is why we are focusing 100 percent on Jagaban. His style of leadership has shown that quality representation.

“Whatever he does, he doesn’t get the credit alone – he was able to push his commissioners to other states to become governors. He has shown committed leadership and good governance.”

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