Elect competent leaders, Northern groups urge voters

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A pressure group, under the aegis of the Coalition of Northern Groups, has advised electorates across the region to vote for leaders with competence, integrity and capacity that will address the challenges of the North and the country.

The National Coordinator of CNG, Jamilu Charanchi, handed the advice in Gombe Stare on Monday during a public sensitisation and awareness conference on the 2023 general elections.

The sensitisation was themed, ‘Politics of Sentiments, A Critical Factor Militating Development and Democracy in Nigeria’.

Charanchi said northerners and Nigerians must prioritise the interest of the region and nation above other political considerations that would not add value to the country.

According to him, Nigerians must jettison the temptation of voting across religious or tribal lines during the 2023 general elections.

He said that politics of sentiments was responsible for the challenges the country was facing, adding that politics along such sentiments had not benefitted the country.

The national coordinator called on voters in the country to rather focus on choosing solutions-oriented candidates, who would tackle the economic, security and other challenges of the country for the benefit of all citizens.

He said, “We want Nigerians to have a change of mind from voting based on religious and ethnic lines to voting in the interest of one united Nigeria where credibility, integrity and competence will take the centre stage.”

He stated that any politicians who use religion and ethnicity as tools to seek position was an enemy of the people and such candidates and their parties should be rejected.

On his part, the Gombe State coordinator of CNG, Muhammed Babaji, expressed optimism that the 2023 election would bring about a new dawn for the country, if Nigerians shunned violence and embraced peaceful elections.

Babaji appealed to youths from the North and Nigeria to remain committed to the tenets of true democracy that promotes unity, peace, development while praying that the elections would mark a new beginning for Nigeria.

Also, the Gombe State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mahid Abubakar, appealed to youths in the state to shun violence,while assisting security agencies to ensure peaceful conduct of the 2023 elections.

Abubakar said the security agencies remained committed to ensuring the peace and security of lives and property but “we need the cooperation of all stakeholders to succeed and make the state and country peaceful.”

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