Okowa: We remain neutral, we don’t have preferred candidates – Northern groups
The Coalition of Northern Groups says does not have preferred candidates or political parties in next year’s general election.
The group disclosed that its core objectives are to deepen democratic processes and advocates for good governance.
In a statement signed by its Director of Strategic Communication, Sama’ila Musa, on Wednesday, the coalition said it is neither pro All Progressives Congress nor People Democratic Party or any political party in the country.
Musa said it became imperative for the group to make the clarification following a media publications going round that the CNG has said, “Okowa can’t guarantee PDP victory” and purportedly recommended Dr. Ibrahim Bello-Dauda as the preferred Vice Presidential candidate for the APC.
“The attention of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has been drawn to media publications going round that the CNG has said “Okowa can’t guarantee PDP victory” and purportedly recommended Dr Ibrahim Bello-Dauda as the preferred Vice Presidential candidate for the All ProgressivesCongress (APC).
“The CNG wishes to unequivocally make it abundantly clear that has not been the position of the CNG as a powerful organisation that remains to its core principles of neutrality and always advocates for good governance and quality leadership.
“That CNG does not condemn or recommend any candidate or running mate for any political party.
“That CNG, during its last meeting or at any other engagement, neither discussed nor condemned the choice of Okowa as the VP to the PDP Presidential Candidate.
“That CNG does not know or have any relationship whatsoever with one Dr Ibrahim Bello-Dauda, hence, does not recommend or prefer him as VP candidate for the APC,” the group emphasised.
“While a member or affiliate of the CNG may have his PERSONAL OPINION on national issues as guaranteed in Nigeria’s Constitution, the CNG hereby disassociates itself from such positions and pronouncements.
“Therefore, the group called on the various media outfits in the country to verify the veracity and authenticity of any statement made available to them before going to press.
“We equally advise that journalists should always separate personal opinion of an individual from the collective, official position of the CNG.
“The CNG is resolutely committed to protecting the interest of Northern Nigeria without derailing from its ideals of neutrality, good governance and quality leadership,” the statement added.(End)