Atiku vs Buhari: Arewa youths forum discloses who it will support, explains its decision

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYFC, has reacted to the emergence
of former President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the standard bearer of
the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the 2019 presidential election.

The organization said that the 'God' that installed Muhammadu Buhari
as president in 2015, will remove him and replace him with Atiku in
2019.

Speaking in an interview with DAILY POST on Friday, the President of
the Arewa youths, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, also congratulated the PDP
and Nigerians for the successful conduct of the party's National
Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, last weekend.

According to Shettima, PDP has demonstrated seriousness and maturity
and has shown Nigerians that they were ready to take over power from
the All Progressives Congress, APC, a party he described as a mere
organization.

Shettima said that although had strongly canvassed for a young
president, Atiku was an alternative to the desirable.

"For us, what happened at the PDP (National) Convention was clearly a
demonstration of a people trying to sustain the country's democracy
because the conduct, process of how Atiku Abubakar emerged is a clear
indication that PDP has demonstrated maturity and seriousness to move
the country forward.

"For us, we congratulate them and we congratulate ourselves because
democracy has come to stay and that is what has been displayed and we
hope Nigerians have seen all they needed to see.

"It's clear that PDP is now the only party that can give Nigeria what
they truly desire. As far as I'm concern, APC's conducts, attributes
and approaches to issues do not in any way portray them in good light
to me or to a lot of us because the way they run the party, it is
clear that it is more or less an organization owned by one individual
or group of individuals and they run it the way they like without
going through the processes of a political party.

"Indeed we congratulate PDP and indeed we congratulate ourselves and
indeed we congratulate Nigeria.

"Indeed, if you look at Atiku's antecedent, though I'm one of the
people who strongly said we needed a young president, but with the
present circumstance, and the present situation of things, and
sometimes if you look at what will give you answers immediately, there
are steps to go for a long term and there are steps to go for a short
term. For the short term, Atiku is the only solution available to us
right now. And that's the only thing we have in our hand, as far as we
are concerned,

"Atiku Abubakar remains the alternative. He remains the alternative
because when the desirable is not achieved, then we look at the
alternatives to the desirable.

"And that's exactly what we're looking at right now. We must be sure
to give him all the necessary support he needs to emerge as president
and save this country. He understands what democracy is all about.

"He was part of the struggle and he paid his dues. The God that gave
Muhammadu Buhari the election of 2015 will definitely give Atiku 2019.
We will do our own and God will decide. Nigerians have suffered a lot.

"We did not bargain for hunger; we didn't bargain for poverty; we
didn't bargain for deceit; we didn't bargain for blackmails and these
are the only things the president government can do for the past three
and a half years."
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