The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says it has not taken a final decision on the candidate the group will support for the 2023 presidential election.
The Secretary of the group, Usman Ngerzema disclosed that the congress would meet and determine which of the candidates will get the block votes of its members or if they will remain neutral this time around.
According to Ngerzema, MACBAN consists of members with diverse political affiliations and the decision on which candidate or party to support has not been finalized.
He said they would have to consider the manifesto, capabilities and other things before reaching a final decision.
Naija News understands the MACBAN Secretary made the position of the group known in response to inquiries from the Punch on which party or candidate would get 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.”
Too Much Noise About Muslim-Muslim Ticket
Ngerzema stated further that the controversies over the 2023 Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are absolutely unnecessary.
He argued that too much politics has enveloped the issue but the APC ticket is pure strategy and has 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”.
Fulanis Have Become Stigmatized Because Of President Buhari
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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