The decision by 11 Northern governors to concede power to the southern part of the country has been criticized by a coalition of northern youth groups of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
APC Progressives Youth Elements and the APC North-East Youth Forum protested in Bauchi on Sunday, claiming that the governors were selfish in agreeing to give power to the south.
During the protest, the youths were seen holding placards with various inscriptions such as “It’s North or Nothing”, “We are not in support of power shift to South”, “We will not accept the decision of eleven governors”, “It’s in their selfish interest”.
Speaking with newsmen, President of APC Progressives Youth Elements, Alamin Bala Mai’auduga, said that it’s not time for the South to rule the country.
He said: “We condemn the action of the 11 northern governors that supported southern candidature. We the Northern youths do not think it is time for any southerner to assume the mantle of leadership”
“What the governors did is for their selfish interests. We the Northern youths, who are about 70 per cent of the total population of the country, are saying no.”
“We are calling on our able National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, to weigh in on this and find a lasting solution to this issue.”
“We are not going to support any southern candidate. These 11 governors that made the decision are not the only people in the North. They are doing it for their selfish interests.”
Similarly, one of the leaders of the APC Youth Forum, Ibrahim Hashim Abdullahi, claimed that the governors agreed with the choice so that one of them would gain from being selected as vice president.
He lamented that over the hunger, insecurity, and poverty in the region noting that power needs to be retained for development.
“We will not endorse any candidate from the South, except from the North. We are far left behind,” he warned.”
This article was originally published on Naija News