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Northern Groups Reply Jonathan, Say They Have No Regrets Working Against Him
Northern Groups under the aegis of the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Northern Elders’ Forum have said that they had no regrets working against Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 and 2015 elections.
The Northern groups who made this known on Wednesday, November 21, in separate interviews with the Punch added that their stand was as a result of Jonathan’s disrespect for the ‘zoning policy’
According to the spokesman for NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi, the north worked against the former president because Jonathan and his party jettisoned the power shift policy, adding that the forum never hid the reason for working against Jonathan.
“We told him (Jonathan) why we worked against him,” he said.
He said that the northern elders expected Jonathan to respect the zoning formula shortly after the death of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua but Jonathan and his party failed to keep the promise.
“Yes, it is true that Northern Elders’ Forum worked against Jonathan and we told him why.
“They themselves (PDP) admitted that they made a mistake in reneging on the power shift and why what happened happened,” he added.
The ACF also gave the same reason for working against the former president and his party, saying Jonathan contested in 2011 and 2015 against the arrangement of his party which had zoned the presidency to the north.
The national publicity secretary of the ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim-Biu, said that the former president’s assertion that the north worked against him was odd, considering the circumstances at that time, admonishing Nigerian leaders to always honour agreements they entered into.
“It is on record that Jonathan contested the 2011 and 2015 polls against the zoning arrangement of his party that zoned the presidential slot to the north.
“Therefore, his assertions that Northern leaders and socio-political groups in the north worked against his presidency is rather odd, considering the circumstances at that time.
“Yet the ruling party secured 25% in most states of the north. It may interest you to know that his party has since admitted the oversight in the party winning game plan.
“This clearly means that leaders should always honour their words with deeds if they want to earn the respect of their followers,” the ACF spokesman said.