Acting chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), Alhaji Musa Liman Kwande has explained that northerners will still support and vote for a northern candidate for the presidency of the country in 2023.

He stated this in Lafia while speaking with our correspondent.

According to him, “I am expressing my opinion as a full-pledged northerner and a citizen of Nigeria and not that of ACF.

“Northern Nigerians who are tested and trusted should contest for any political office with anybody from any part of Nigeria and the people should exercise their democratic franchise to vote for their candidate of choice.”

Alhaji Kwande said, ACF and Northern Elders Forum, (NEF) are all pressure groups striving for the development of northern Nigeria in particular and Nigeria in general, just like Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo and others in the South South region.

Alhaji Kwande who is the Baraden -generalissimo of Lafia in Nasarawa State, however, call on the northerners to strive towards developing the region by voting for people who are pro-development and not those who are self-centred.

He said: “Nigeria is our country, we must unite and develop it despite being from different geographical locations. We should not relent in the pursuit of growth and development as we are blessed with gifted people and many resources, as only Nigerians would develop the country to greater heights.”

The acting ACF chairman, however, called on Nigerians to embrace peace and dialogue and denounce violence, which he said is against democratic norms and a treat to the federation.

He called on politicians to accept election results and be statesmen and the youths to avoid being used as political thugs.