Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, The Northern Elders Forum spokesperson, on Sunday night said that they will rigorously interrogate candidate of various political party seeking for northern votes.
He said the candidate that convinced them with his/her capacity to fix the country, will be the candidate they will support.
Baba-Ahmed, made the statement while featuring on ‘Politics Today,’ a popular programme on Channels Television.
The Spokesperson regretted the action of NEF in 2015 which they charged people to massively turn out to votes President Muhammadu Buhari, without asking for his blueprint.
He said, “We will subject all candidates including Atiku, Tinubu, Obi through a rigorous process and they had better be willing because, believe me, we carry the responsibility on our shoulders to advise people in the north where to go. I am not saying this to impress anybody. We will exercise that responsibility seriously.
“What we promise not to do this time around was not to repeat what we did in 2015 and say ‘Vote for only Sai Baba” where we escort him to the villa but failed to sit him down and ask what he planned to do. It would no longer be about fixing the economy, security and the fight against Boko Haram, They must be specific.
“Buhari got away with it in 2015 and in 2019, we campaigned against him, saying this time he has failed and won’t be given another chance. Today, look at where the country is. We are not going to make that mistake again.”
When asked if the region of the candidate will be considered as one of their criteria, the NEF image-maker disclosed that they are not putting a ceiling on any candidate.