A Northern group under the auspices of the Progressive Movement for Democracy, PMD, has on Saturday, inaugurated its Steering Committee members, who were given the mandate to begin the search for President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023,
They were also given the mandate to search for a credible and reputable Candidate, that has the interest of the North, and will succeed the President.
The Steering Committee members cut across the 7 North-West States of Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, and Kebbi.
According to them, the need to commence the process of searching for President Buhari’s successor now, is to avoid tension, disunity, and political crisis, that are capable of creating crack in the North.
Speaking during the inaugural meeting of the movement, the Interim Chairman, Hon. Muhammad Auwal Musa, noted that today, no Northerner is happy over what is happening in the country, especially the region.
His words: ”The security challenge and poverty ravaging the region, is unprecedented. We cannot fold our arms and continue to watch, until the entire region is consumed.
”We have seen how Boko Haram infiltrated Borno, how bandits destroyed Zamfara, how kidnapping is now in Kaduna, and now moving to Abuja.
”We want a united front, to fight for the interest of the North, ahead of the 2023 elections, just like we did in 2014, when APC was established.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will leave as President in 2023; we decided to come together and to bring Northerners under one umbrella, so that we can channel our cause for development and political alignments.
”Our Committee was given the responsibility to search for a qualified and suitable Presidential Candidate, with interest of our region .
“We must work and explore all political avenues to identify creditable Aspirants that have the leadership capacity for quality representation at all levels of contest.
“Our youths must recognise that political apathy, violence, or protest, cannot help our cause or development, but our ability to remain united, which is a great weapon for lobby and relevance.
“The movement is also formed to create a platform for discussing our common problems, challenges, and solutions. It is properly registered with all relevant documents in place.
“We started from Jigawa, with an already established leadership structure, so we did not need to form a new group.”
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