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2023: North Won’t Vote Along Ethnic, Religious Lines Like In 2015 – CNG

Chimezie Enyiocha  
Updated October 2, 2022
Spokesman of the Coalition of Northern Group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, speaks in Kaduna State on October 2, 2022.

 

With the 2023 general elections barely four months away, the Coalition of Northern Group (CNG), has said the northern region will not vote along ethnic lines as it did in 2015.

Spokesman of the Coalition, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, stated this on Sunday in Kaduna State at a sensitization conference with the theme, “Politics of Sentiment, a Critical Factor Militating Development and Democracy in Nigeria”.

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He said that those the northerners trusted with power have inadvertently isolated the region politically, economically, and socially as a result of which the once potent and progressive region is today begging not only for food but for a place in the nation’s future political arrangement. The CNG spokesman berated greedy politicians for misusing their offices at the expense of the Nigerian people.

“The CNG is today urging you to be less reliant on divisive political party propaganda and empty promises that have never and will never be kept,” he said.

“If the prize of voting along religious, ethnic or sectional sentiments is to become the most wretched, the most distressed, divided and most deprived, the north must therefore sincerely begin to ask itself if that price is worth paying.”

According to him, the northern region closed ranks for the first time and voted for leaders in 2015, with the hope that they would tackle security and fix the economy.

Regretting that the region made a mistake then, he lamented that the leaders trusted with power neglected the northern people.