The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has said that the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu is a threat to democracy following his remarks that no party must field a Northern candidate in 2023.
The Northern coalition described Akeredolu’s remark as “They are empty threats that won’t work,”
The group, through Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, its spokesperson, cautioned that as far as Northern Nigeria was concerned, it would not be intimidated, threatened, or blackmailed into submitting to an office that should be settled democratically.
Suleiman rebuked Akeredolu’s threat as another desire to brutally impinge on the fundamental rights of political parties to field candidates of their choices, and the right of voters to freely exercise choices over who they prefer as a leader.
In a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, the group also warned that the right of northerners to contest for any position in any party is non-negotiable, Suleiman said in the report that the North will not be scared away by empty, provocative statements from Akeredolu and groups in the South, who believe in threats and hate campaigns as the hallmark or defining elements for elections.
“For the avoidance of doubt, no amount of threats and intimidation from the South would change the minds of northerners regarding zoning,” Suleiman said.
He warned that the continued threats from self-appointed enemies of the North are unconstitutional and reckless, adding that Akeredolu constitutes a threat to the nation’s democracy.
“Any president to be elected should be done democratically and not by unnecessary empty expressions by anyone from whatever region and of whatever status,” CNG warned.
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