The Northern Elders’ Forum, NEF has reiterated that the North should be allowed to field a presidential candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC in 2019, if President MUHAMMADU BUHARI is unable to continue in office.
Spokesman for the forum, ANGO ABDULLAHI, who made this known in Zaria, Kaduna state said that Acting President YEMI OSINBAJO should however be allowed to complete the term of office till 2019 as stipulated by the constitution.
The NEF spokesman recalled that PDP reneged on its power sharing constitutional provision, following the death of President UMARU YAR’ADUA in 2010, by allowing President GOODLUCK JONATHAN to run for the presidency in 2011, instead of fielding a northerner.
According to him, the constitutional provision says that in the event that the president dies in office or becomes incapacitated for one reason or the other and cannot perform the duties of his office, he will be succeeded by the Vice president.
The NEF chieftain added and I quote: “When the unexpected happens, in 2019 we will be back to our position that the North should be treated equitably and fairly and we expect that another northern candidate will emerge as presidential candidate on the platform of APC.