Southern groups, including the Ohanaeze Ndigbo; the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, and the Ijaw Youth Council, on Sunday said restrucuring must be central to the plan by the North to form an alliance with zones in the South for presidency in 2019.
The Afenifere and the IYC said they had interest in any group that truly believed in restructuring, but the Ohanaeze Ndigbo also said the proposal by the northern leaders was because of 2019 elections only.
On its part, the Middle Belt Youth Council said the main agenda of the North was to dominate the South and the North-Central (Middle Belt).
Northern elders and stakeholders had, at a meeting in Abuja on Saturday, said they were exploring ways to form an alliance with the South.
According to the communiqué of the meeting, the objectives of “the conversation” included reviewing general security situation in the North and proffering solution to it.
The meeting was also convened to “appraise the current state of politics in the North in relation to the unfolding national political dynamics with a view to creating a common northern position for an alliance with our fellow citizens in the southern zone.”
Afenifere insists on restructuring
Afenifere stated that it was willing to work with any association that was focused on moving Nigeria forward through the restructuring of the polity.
Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, welcomed the decision of the Northern elders to work with other compatriots from other sections of the country, noting that the apex Yoruba group was not opposed to forming a coalition with them.
He said, “We want any alliance that is for progress; that would move the country forward; that would put Nigeria on a productive path to build an inclusive country where all sections of the country would have a sense of belonging, and where they would realise their happiness and ambitions without hindrance.