The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has cautioned “a certain South West political leader” to leave Bukola Saraki, outgoing Senate President, alone.
Although the AYCF did not mention any name, POLITICS TIMES gathered the group’s warning was issued to Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
The youths who are of the opinion that the recent investigation of the top lawmaker’s financial earning, during his days as Kwara State governor, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is politically motivated, accused the former Lagos governor of instigating the probe.
Yerima Shettima, president of the group in a statement noted that “much as the AYCF supports the war against corruption, we will resist any subtle attempt to hide behind politics to intimidate our sons in positions of authority.”
Mr Shettima who accused Tinubu of diverting key positions and developmental projects to the South West, warned him not to approach the North seeking their support for his alleged presidential ambition in 2023.
“There is no way after cornering all the juicy Federal Government appointments and skewing development projects in favour of the South West anyone will dare approach the North with the issue of seeking for Presidency in 2023. That will be totally unacceptable,” he said.
The group vowed to use all legitimate avenues for resisting the “manipulations of one man whose primary goal in life is the 2023 Presidency and we’re assuring him that even that is no longer possible and a waste of his resources, because the country belongs to all of us”.
The group said they are proud of Saraki who they described as an illustrious son in the North as he didn’t turn his back on the people who voted him into power.