John Shiklam in Kaduna
TheÂ Â Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on MondayÂ rebuked a group, theÂ Muhammadu Buhari Legacy Implementation Initiatives (MBLII) when the later solicited the cooperation of the forum to ensure Â that President Â Buhari is re-elected in 2019.
Chairman of the group,Â Ado Mohammed, Â who met with the leadership of ACF at its secretariat in Kaduna yesterday, explained that when Buhari was elected in 2015, the groupÂ decided that Â it would Â go round the whole country to implement Buhariâ€™s legacies to assist him.
According to Mohammed, during the tour of the country, the group Â which is based in Kano, would be look Â at Buhariâ€™s Â commitment, dedication, patriotism and sincerity of purpose to good governance and development of Nigeria
â€œWe are going to go round the 36 states of the country, beginning from Kano to mobilise for the president, we have started consultation with the 44 local government areas ofÂ Â Kano State, all the 434 wards are involved.
â€œWhat remains for us now is to start recruitment before the end of July, and we are calling on the management of the ACF to cooperate with usâ€ Mohammed said.
He added Â that Â the group does not belong to Â any political party, â€œbut Â just a Â pro-Buhari.â€
He noted that â€œas Â it is today, both APC and PDP are in disarray. WeÂ are trying to foreseeÂ what will happenÂ Â in the North, we are trying to provide a launch pad for all of us. This is why we come to ACF to inform you of the existence of this Initiative for Buhari legacy.â€
He said further plans were on to Â mobilise 30 million people in the north for Buhari, â€œwhich is about double the population that elected Mr. President into office in 2015.â€
â€œWe hope that the presidency will remain in the north without going into alliance with any party, we donâ€™t need to share power with anybody, we donâ€™t need to consider any merger. Our fathers and mothers in ACF, this is why we come to seek your assistance and cooperation, and this is our story,â€ Mohammed said.
However, while responding, the Vice Chairman of ACF, Senator Abubakar Girei, apparently not happy with group, scolded Mohammed, saying it was wrong to say that the north does not need another person except Buhari.
â€œI donâ€™t think I agree with you that by next election the North does not need any other person. I suggest that you reconsider your position.
â€œSecondly you donâ€™t need to tell us about Buhariâ€™s honesty because we know that was why Nigerians voted for him.
â€œWhat you can do now is to bring out the legacies or achievements of Buhuri which Nigerians donâ€™t know so that the people can appreciate him and his kind of character.
â€œI feel this is not the right place for you to extend this cause because in 2014/2015 when Buhari was coming, I will want you to note that this body ACF vouched for Buhari, and today is history, is there courtesy of all Arewa people. So I will not support according to our constitution to come here in 2017 to canvass for Buhari in 2019. This is not the right place for this,â€ Gerei said.
Also in his comments at the meeting, a NEC member ofÂ Â ACF, Senator JosephÂ Waku, told the group that the ACF was the wrong place to come with such campaigns.
â€œThis is a wrong place for your group to make a first stop, particularly for measuring two political parties in our midst.Â We are not here to assess political party that is strong or weak. Therefore your visit here, we welcome you democratically, freedom of speech, freedom of association, you are entitled to it.
â€œHaving said Buhari became president of Nigeria because he is Buhari, it is not because of you, not because of APC, not because of PDP, it is because he is Buhari. And I keep telling Nigerians that APC did not win election, Buhari won election. And therefore, coming to lecture us about Buhari legacy, you are in wrong place,â€ Waku said.
However, the National Â Chairman of the ACF and former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomasie, directed Â the political committee of the forum to work with the Buhari group to obtain whatever report they have to submit.