2023: Northern elders open up on ‘endorsing’ Peter Obi-Datti

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) spokesperson, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, declared on Saturday that the organisation will not be coerced to support Peter Obi-Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed for president in the seven days before the 2023 election.

According to POLITICS NIGERIA, Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, is the Labour Party’s nominee for president. The NEF spokesperson’s younger brother is the former senator Datti Baba-Ahmed.

The Labour Party candidates are viewed as leaders who can perform better than the two major political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party, despite the fact that many Nigerian commenters have expressed their dissatisfaction with the two major political parties who have governed the country for a combined 24 years (PDP).

Groups such as the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) and Afenifere have endorsed Obi as their preferred candidate for the February 25 presidential election but NEF has chosen to sit on the fence. Baba-Ahmed defended their decision.

I tolerate demands that NEF or I should endorse Obi-Datti or declare our stand now.I understand that people think we have some influence.But we do not owe anyone our loyalty on demand,nor shall we choose what others insist we do.If exercising choices offends some people, too bad

— Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed. (@baba_hakeem) February 18, 2023

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