Northern Youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Integrity Forum, have supported the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is critically ill and unfit to be president and that former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu, plans to succeed him through the back door.
In a statement signed by the president of the group, Mal. Ibrahim Abubakar, the youths accused Bola Tinubu and his “cronies” of using Buhari in an attempt to tactically move power to the west, as Buhari may not be strong enough to survive the four years of presidency.
It said the alliance of Tinubu and Olusegun Obasanjo is similar to what happened in 2006 when the north was tactically denied presidency by fostering it on a sick Umar Yar A’dua, who died to bequeath the seat to a Southerner.
The group noted that it believes there is a “scheme by the Tinubu/Obasanjo alliance which does not like the north, to deny the north of the presidency.”
“It smacks of the same scheme employed by Obasanjo in 2006 when he presented a sick Yar’Adua as the north’s candidate amidst many healthy and vibrant aspirant knowing full well that the latter’s health condition will not allow for him to live through the tenure. We strongly refuse this tactic in 2015″.
Accusing Tinubu of trying to usurp the presidency, Arewa Youth Integrity Forum also queried the reason why the person chosen to be Vice-President to the ailing Buhari whom they allege will be the defacto president if the APC wins, is Tinubu’s aide which, will give him the opportunity to loot.
The youths also queried why it was Tinubu who was in charge of receiving donations for the campaign and logistics.
They called on all well-meaning northerners to support President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP in the forthcoming polls as the best option for the north so that power will return to it after four years rather than allow those described as haters of the north to tactically cause power to evade the north for another eight years.