The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigerian (MACBAN), says its congress would meet to decide which political party and candidate to endorse for the 2023 presidential election.
Secretary of MACBAN, Usman Ngerzema stated this on Saturday in an interview with Punch.
He also threw his support for the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for which its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, picked a former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, as his running mate despite the national outcry.
Miyetti Allah Plans Congress To Determine Presidential Candidate To Endorse
Ngerzema was asked which party it would endorse after it endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari in the previous polls.
He said, “You know MACBAN is a combination of all interest groups. We have the APC, PDP, NNPP, ANPP and others. We have them in MACBAN. This decision has not been taken. The last time, it was a unanimous decision of the congress, we endorsed Buhari then.
“But now, until the chips are down, then we can decide whether to take a position or we can remain neutral. So, this is the decision of the congress, not an individual decision or the decision of a member of the association. It has to be a majority decision of the congress before we decide on who to vote for.
“Before that, we have to look at the manifesto, we have to look at what they intend to do for our members. We don’t even know whether we are going to do the endorsement or not, because that is the decision of the congress, whether to endorse who or what, the congress has to sit first and analyse and see.”
He also said the controversy trailing the 2023 Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC, was unnecessary.
Ngerzema said he does not give much concern about the controversies over the Muslim-Muslim ticket because, “people are amplifying it for political reasons; just like the way the Fulani are being stigmatised as criminals, while there is no society that you don’t have criminals”.
He said, “There are criminals in each and every tribe, in each and every society. But because Muhammadu Buhari is the President, the Fulani have become the battleground for politicians. Look at what the stigmatising is causing the pastoralists.
“I see these things as a strategy for those who want to win the election because there are a lot of states in Nigeria where you have Christian-Christian ticket and Muslim-Muslim ticket, and in those states, you still have a large population of Christians and Muslims; go to the South West and see.”
In other news, Kanyi Daily had reported that veteran Nigerian singer and activist, Charles Oputa, better known as Charly Boy, officially endorsed the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.