Leaders of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum have warned the two major political parties in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), against presenting a candidate of northern extraction in the 2023 presidential election.

In a communiqué jointly signed by the leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark; Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; President-General, Middle Belt Forum, Dr Pogu Bitrus; President-General, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof George Obiozor; and the National Chairman, Pan-Niger Delta Forum, Senator Emmanuel Essien, obtained by POLITICS NIGERIA, at the end of the meeting of the forum, which was held recently in Abuja, the Southern and middle belt leaders reiterated their call for power to shift to the South in 2023.

“We warn that the reported permutations by the main political parties to foist northern presidential candidates on the nation would be a grave misadventure, with grim consequences on national concord and harmony.

“We, therefore, call on all delegates of all political parties, and true lovers of democracy, as a sacred obligation, to reject presidential aspirants, or candidates, from the North, and only vote for those from the South in the party primaries,” the communiqué reads in part.

Furthermore, the statesmen asked politicians from the South not to accept a Vice-Presidential slot.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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