The spokesman of Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, stated this on Monday evening during a programme on Channels Television, while reacting to the state of the nation.
He stressed that the primary concern of both the ruling APC and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was the 2023 presidential election, and not developing the country.
“What are they going to do with 2023 because between now and 2023, in one and half year, the APC would have completely wrecked this country. You are going to take over a country that is effectively destroyed by a party that has been substantially produced by the PDP
“What did the PDP say it is going to do about bringing these different parts of the country together? Where is the economic blueprint to do with unemployment; to do with the building of the Nigerian economy, all they are interested in is 2023.
“You are going to take over a country that has been completely destroyed by a party that has been substantially produced by the PDP and how are you going to fix this country? What’s your blueprint for what happens to Nigeria in 2023?” he asked.
APC And PDP Have Been Destroying Nigeria Since 1999
Baba-Ahmed also reacted to the comment by some PDP governors that the presidential villa has become APC headquarters for coercing their members to join the ruling party.
The Northern Elders’ spokesman asked the opposition party to present evidence to Nigerians that the Presidency was intimidating its governors to defect the APC.
“If governors (referring to PDP) have evidence that the statehouse, the villa, is using extra-legal and political muscle to peer away governors from their parties, I wish they would share some of this information with us.
”There have been defections from both sides. Like I said earlier on, we are dealing with one and the same thing.
“We have governors from the other party who just change dress and come back to sit and say I’m APC. The next day, a governor will also defect and say I’m PDP. These are the same people.
“Since 1999, it is these two parties that have destroyed this country and they are playing the same game, all over again.”
KanyiDaily recalls that the Northern Elders Forum had also said Igbos should be allowed to secede from Nigeria if that is the decision of the the people in the Southeast region.