The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) claims it has not made a final choice regarding the presidential candidate the organization would back in 2023.
Usman Ngerzema, the group’s secretary, announced that the congress would gather to decide which candidate will receive the bloc votes of the group’s members or if they will vote in a neutral manner this time.
Ngerzema claims that members of MACBAN have a variety of political connections, and the organization has not yet decided which candidate or party to support.
Before making a decision, he stated that the manifesto, capabilities, and other factors would need to be taken into account.
In response to questions from Newsmen on which party or candidate will have their support.
He said unlike when there was a unanimous decision to support President Muhammadu Buhari, the congress is yet to decide on the 2023 polls.
In his words, “You know MACBAN is a combination of all interest groups. We have the APC, PDP, NNPP, ANPP and others. We have them in MACBAN. This decision has not been taken. The last time, it was a unanimous decision of the congress, we endorsed Buhari then.
“But now, until the chips are down, then we can decide whether to take a position or we can remain neutral. So, this is the decision of the congress, not an individual decision or the decision of a member of the association. It has to be a majority decision of the congress before we decide on who to vote for.
“Before that, we have to look at the manifesto, we have to look at what they intend to do for our members. We don’t even know whether we are going to do the endorsement or not, because that is the decision of the congress, whether to endorse who or what, the congress has to sit first and analyse and see.”
Ngerzema went on to say that the disputes surrounding the All Progressives Congress (APCMuslim-Muslim )’s ticket for 2023 are utterly pointless.
He claimed that while the matter had been overtaken by politics, the APC ticket was purely strategic and had nothing to do with religion.
He said: “People are amplifying it for political reasons; just like the way the Fulani are being stigmatised as criminals, while there is no society that you don’t have criminals”.
The MACBAN secretary said Fulanis in the country have become labelled and stigmatized as criminals in Nigeria because of the action of politicians.
He added, “There are criminals in each and every tribe, in each and every society. But because Muhammadu Buhari is the President, the Fulani have become the battleground for politicians. Look at what the stigmatising is causing the pastoralists.
“I see these things as a strategy for those who want to win the election because there are a lot of states in Nigeria where you have Christian-Christian ticket and Muslim-Muslim ticket, and in those states, you still have a large population of Christians and Muslims; go to the South West and see.”
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