The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, has warned the South-West against planning to produce Muhammadu Buhari's successor in 2023.
The group made its position known in a statement issued by its President-General, Yerima Shettima. The statement alleged that the South-West has made the North “irrelevant in the running of government for more than four years” after allegedly “cornering all the juicy appointments”
The statement read in part
“Through the total dominance and manipulation of political and economic power, the South-west has badly shortchanged the north, making its people irrelevant in the running of government for more than four years.
"There is no way after cornering all the juicy federal government appointments and skewing development projects in favour of the Southwest anyone will dare approach the North with the issue of seeking for Presidency in 2023. That will be totally unacceptable.
"We will use all legitimate avenues for resisting the manipulations of one man whose primary goal in life is the 2023 presidency and we’re assuring him that even that is no longer possible and a waste of his resources, because the country belongs to all of us.”
He stated that the era of any politician calling the shots in other people’s territory was long gone, stressing that “we’re not in a Banana Republic and the world has moved on from the era of political impunity.”
The statement has been viewed as a direct attack on Bola Tinubu's presidential aspiration. Apart from Shettima, other political figures in the North had also kicked against the possible emergence of Tinubu in 2023.