The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, has adduced reasons the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, should pick a vice presidential candidate from the South-East.
According to the Arewa youths, handing the number-two position to the South East will make the people of the region feel they are part of the country.
Speaking with newsmen on Thursday, Yerima Shettima, the President of the AYCF, noted that it was the marginalization of the region by successive governments that gave rise to agitations being witnessed in the geopolitical zone.
Shettima said the South-East must be shown that they truly belong to this country not just by giving them the VP slot, but by allowing them produce Nigeria’s president.
According to him, “I will advise that the PDP and Atiku pick the Vice President from the East. The Vice President should come from the East now. Let us be all inclusive in our ways of life; and in our thinking.
“Let the Vice President come from the East so that they’ll not feel they are not part of this country. Some of these agitations coming from the East were as a result of this marginalization attitude.
“Then the East has to coordinate themselves and be very united so that not only the vice president… We’re hopeful that with time, power will definitely go back to the East. Because they are part of the country.
“They are not out of the country, they are part of Nigeria. So we must be free to carry them along; they must be free to demonstrate that they are part of Nigeria. We must carry them along without laying abuses, molestation.
“Without abusing the sensibility of any individual or group of people or any community. what is good for me should also be good for another man so we must be free to apply the principle of fairness to all.”